Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach, assured that his players take “as a final” the duel of the third day of the Champions League against Inter Milan, due to the obligation they have to win to maintain qualification options for the round of 16, after getting one of six possible points.
“We know the rival and it is a difficult game against a very physical team that plays football well. It will be difficult for us, we take it as a final. There are three points at stake and we are going to try to add them,” he said at a press conference .
The Madrid coach did not look for excuses nor did he look at the difficulty of the group that created the draw. “All the groups are very good and competitive, ours too. Every game is difficult to win but we have one to try to do it and that’s our turn.”
“We know that we always aspire to everything that touches us, we want to show that we are good and that we always want more. With Eden we know the quality it has and we are going to use it, but everyone here adds to achieve things,” he added, valuing the return of Hazard and the level up to be able to aspire to the title.
Zidane understands that the trident formed by Hazard, Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema can mark an era. “The players always want to make history, demonstrate and they are three important players who are already doing things for the team,” he acknowledged. But his intention is always aimed at the group, defending the staff of the opinion that points to a drop in quality compared to the one that won three consecutive ‘Champions’.
“It is a squad that can still win many things,” he explained. “It is true that there is always talk outside about that they do not have more and that we have to change, but inside I see that they want to train, compete, win and that is very good for the coach, who is me at the moment, and I enjoy with them. try to achieve our goals with the entire squad, which are many this year, “he added.
Because Zidane defended that his team has not lost its hierarchy in Europe. “Last year we did not win the Champions League and things change, but we always aspire to win it,” he said. And he sees his players who face the competition as a challenge to achieve.
“I have no doubt that the players have it in their heads and want to win it. It will be complicated, there are many battles and we will fight to try. Outside it is believed that we lose something but inside it does not affect anything,” he said.
Finally, he recalled his time as a player at Juventus, where he shared years with Antonio Conte, his rival on the bench this Tuesday. “He was an important player in our team and it is normal that he has been a coach, it does not surprise me. Our relationship is good although it is true that we are not in regular contact. I remember when I was preparing to coach, I went to Juve and I was talking with him. It was fantastic, “he said.