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“We’re very proud to be able to play this semi-final in front of our fans.” says Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane scraps the curse of home game results talks about his future in Madrid, congratulates Barcelona and briefs on the possible line up against Bayern Munchen. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

The Real Madrid coach talked about the motivation and magnitude of tomorrow’s UCL match against Bayern Munchen.

“It’s a semi-final – we know how important this game is. We know what we have to do. We don’t need to change anything. We just have to keep focused. We did well in the first leg, and now we have to show that we want to go through.”

“We’re very proud to be able to play this semi-final in front of our fans.”

“Given the choice, I’d prefer to play every game at the Bernabéu. We’re proud to be able to play here.”

“It’s incredible to be able to play another semi-final after everything we’ve done over the past couple of years, and the only thing that’s in our heads is giving our all to get to the final. If we do things right, with plenty of motivation, we’ll have a great chance of making another final.”

“They will come here to put in a great game, they’re a great club and a great team and we have to be as prepared as ever to put in a good performance. Bayern will come here without any complexes to play a great game.”

Real Madrid suffered a rough patch in terms of availability of squad members who had been out-ruled due to injuries. Though Nacho and Isco seem to a possibility for tomorrow Zidane is not ready to gamble and keeps the cards close to his chest.

“Nacho has been out for a month but he’s trained a lot and he’s ready. And he’s a physically very strong player in general. As for Isco, everyone wants to play and so does he, and if he’s feeling a niggle and we have to do everything we can to field him, we will – but we won’t take risks.”

With Carvajal being injured and Nacho not being able to have the opportunity to catch up with his form since recovery, Lucas Vazquez leads the race for being the Right Back against Bayern Munich. The Spaniard has played in the position fair few numbers of times including the first leg against Bayern where Carvajal picked up the injury. Academy product Achraf Hakimi too remains an option but his lack of experience may not allow him to get on the starting XI.

“The important thing is the motivation of the players, everyone wants to play and that includes all of them who can play right-back.”

The French coach went on to shower praise on his squad members who have noticeably contributed a lot in recent matches and have influenced the result of the game with their performance.

“Marcelo is one of the most skillful players I’ve ever worked with, I’m sure he is. We’ve all seen what he can do with the ball. He’s contributed to the history of this club, and his upbeat personality also makes him important to the dressing room.”

“Benzema’s mood is fine. He’d like to score more, but he’s training and playing hard and I don’t need to say anything special to him. We’re all focused on preparing for tomorrow’s game, and that’s the case for Benzema too.”

Though his team might be on the verge of making history by becoming the only team ever to win three consecutive UCL titles in the modern era, Zidane reflects his displeasure for not doing well in La Liga this season.

“We’re not happy with what we did in LaLiga this season. We have to accept these things, but with a view to coming back and working even harder to win it. LaLiga and the Copa del Rey are very difficult.”

Though the French coach wasn’t able to defend his La Liga title this season that did not hinder him from congratulating the arch-rivals Barcelona on winning the title.

“In LaLiga, the dominant force is clearly Barcelona. They are worthy champions, and we have to congratulate them.”

Finally, Zidane talked about his future plans and the two-time winner of UCL as a manager remained sinfully humble.

“I don’t know if I can say I’m a better or a worse coach than when I started. Yes, I have more experience now.”

“My future is independent of winning the Champions League: I want to continue at this club. But what matters to me is what we are doing now, how we play tomorrow against Bayern. The rest we cannot speculate about.”

“There are many better coaches than me, but I have had the chance to live with this Real Madrid squad and do the things we have done.”

Though the future remains uncertain for Zidane at the moment he continues to pursue another UCL title and looks forward to extending his record of never being eliminated in UCL as a manager.

The match will be broadcasted all over the globe by official broadcasters of each country. The kick-off is scheduled for 7:45 PM CET, Tuesday, 1st May 2018.


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