The Real Madrid coach spoke of the shock against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final and praised his counterpart Jürgen Klopp.
Heavily criticized throughout the season, Real Madrid are still alive. Better yet, Zinedine Zidane’s men are more than ever in the race to achieve a Liga-Champions League double which seemed totally out of reach a few weeks ago and in particular because of the content offered by the Merengue. Real Madrid are only three points behind Atlético Madrid in La Liga when they had ten, they are less than a month old.
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In the Champions League, it will not be easy, but Real Madrid are in the quarter-finals and in case of qualification will play the winner of Chelsea-Porto, two teams within the reach of the Merengue. So necessarily before the shock against Liverpool in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, Zinedine Zidane wanted to put the church back in the middle of the village at a press conference. The Frenchman never panicked over the inconsistent Real Madrid results and considers observers to underestimate Real Madrid.
“Well, I think so, my team has been underestimated. I have great confidence in my team and I know what they can do. But we can’t change that. We can only work. day to day. We never give up as long as there is life. We will fight for all competitions. We had difficult times, we are better but that doesn’t mean anything“, explained the French technician.
“I need all my players”
Zinedine Zidane is aware of the importance of this meeting and is wary of the Reds: “Yes, it’s a final. It’s a two-stage elimination. We know it’s 180 minutes or more, but for us the first thing is tomorrow’s game. We’re not looking any further than that. Liverpool are a very complete team. The front three are very good, they are very efficient. They are a very strong team and when it comes to playing as a team they are also very strong. Liverpool? They have other great players who can replace those who are absent. We also have some absent, but our strength is still in our team. There will always be someone missing. “
The Real Madrid coach praised his counterpart, Jürgen Klopp, whom he already faced in the C1 final in 2018: “He’s a great trainer. He’s been a trainer for a long time and he’s got experience. The work he’s done throughout his career is there. After that, everyone has their own stuff. Everyone is like they are. is. I watch all the coaches and saw a lot of things on him when I was doing my training. “
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Zinedine Zidane has announced the return of Eden Hazard and continues to believe in him: “We’ve talked about it a lot. Hazard needs to stay calm. The important thing is that he’s recovered. I don’t think we rushed his last comeback. If the player is okay, I want him with the team. Now , we’ll do it little by little and see what happens. I need all my players, always. I like to have them healthy. ”
“When one of them is injured, I don’t like it at all. What we want is for Hazard to come back ASAP. We are missing more too. I hope so. they will all be back before the end of the season. All the players here know how to play. They have won the right to play for this great club. They all understand Karim very well, and Karim understands the others. what happens on the ground.There is a lot of chemistry“, concluded the coach of Real Madrid.