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Zidane on Ramos before the shock

Zinedine Zidane praised his team’s state of mind ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea.

Real Madrid are looking to reach their fifth Champions League final with Zidane as their coach, with a finely balanced 1-1 game ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

“You have to take your hat off to this team,” he said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. “Whenever there is difficulty, they respond.

“They are the best. We are where we want to be and it is deserved.” IZizou believes his team are in the perfect shape to reach the final, and encouraged his players to express themselves with the ball.

“Everyone here is ready,” he said. “We’re going to give our all in this Champions League semi-final, a game that doesn’t happen every day.

“The eleven doesn’t change anything. We’re sure we’ll have to suffer. What matters to me is what we do with the ball.”

He remained tight-lipped on whether Sergio Ramos would be fit to start the game. “Tomorrow you will see if [Ramos] play, ”he said.

“I’m not going to say it. If he’s there, it’s because he’s doing well, and that’s the most important thing for us, to have our leader and our captain.

“We’re not going to risk anything, if he’s here it’s because he can play.” He added that Eden Hazard could play a decisive role in the clash, especially against his former club.

“It’s a good time to [Eden] Hazard, “he said. I’m sure he will help us. He will bring his quality to us.”

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