Real Madrid Spoke to press ahead of Eibar match
Zidane during his press conference at Valdebebas.
Zinedine Zidane is ready for Real Madrid’s return to LaLiga Santander action.
The Frenchman feels that the players have prepared well ahead of the remaining eleven matches which he feels will be like cup finals.
“My players know what it is to play in a final stretch [of a season],” he said during his press conference.
“The important thing is the preparation and we prepared very very well.
“We are prepared and I have faith in what we have done and now we have to prove it.
“We are lucky to play again. We have worked very well physically. We are ready to start.
“We are two points behind and we have 11 finals left. We are going to give it our all to win this title.”
The remaining matches, for now, will be played without fans in attendance although talk has been circulating of possibly allowing stadiums to allow 30 percent of their capacity.
“I prefer to play with an audience,” Zidane mentioned.
“At the moment there will be none.
“Later on, if those in charge change this, we will see.”
Asked which of LaLiga Santander and the Champions League he’d like to win, Zidane feels one impacts the other.
“For me every game is important,” he told.
“A friendly match with a small team is important. It is what they taught me in this shirt.
“If you are playing well in LaLiga you will be playing well in the Champions League.
“[LaLiga] is the more difficult, the longest [competition] and Spanish football is very complicated.”
Zidane also gave his opinion on being allowed to make five substitutions.
“It will depend on the game,” he said.
“You could make five changes in one game and only two in another. Sixty days out has never happened to a player so it is good to have five changes.”
The match against Eibar will be Zidane’s 200th in the dugout and will surpass Vicente del Bosque’s tally, but it’s not something that is of much relevance to him.
“I am not going to beat anyone,” he stated.
“I am lucky to be in this great club. I like football and being with my players.
“Being with them is a blessing. I thank the club for giving me the opportunity to play.
Zidane is relieved that life is getting back to normal after over two months stuck at home.
“What I have missed the most is freedom,” he said.
“Nobody likes to be locked up. That is what has affected us.
“The positive thing is that things return to normal. We are thinking about the future and that things are on the right track.”
The lockdown period has, at least, allowed Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio to return from injury.
“They are going to be with us. They are available and it is good news,” he stated.
“I am happy with Hazard. Happy for him.
“The bad news is about [Luka] Jovic. He got hurt at home. It was a bad thing because he is going to be away for a while.
“I don’t know how long. It is bad news and we’ll see if he can come back before the season ends.”
Having to complete LaLiga Santander before finishing the Champions League is a rare occurrence but one that Zidane feels has to be accepted.
“We are going to play LaLiga, and we are going to finish it,” he said.
“We have 11 finals and then the Champions League will return.
“It will not change anything. It is a rare situation and we will do what we have to do.”
Finally, with Real Madrid moving to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano for the remainder of the campaign, Zidane doesn’t feel it will make a difference away from the Bernabeu.
“The Di Stefano is our stadium,” he said.
“We will adapt to what we have to play on and we are delighted.”