MADRID — 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 have a final tomorrow. Here every day there is a final. Everything we do is a final. Every game is a final. We know it and we are going to concentrate on what we are going to do. There are three points and we are going for them ”, declared the Madrid coach with a speech very similar to the one he gave before the victory against Huesca last Saturday.
“We know the rival. It is a difficult game because it is a good team, very physical and that plays football very well. For us it is a final and we are going to take it like this ”.
Zidane loses Militao, who has tested positive for COVID-19, while Odriozola, Carvajal and Nacho will not be able to be there either as they have not recovered from their injuries. However, the Frenchman fled from victimization and stressed that he has enough wardrobe background to face any game.
“The players who are here always want to make history, they want to demonstrate and they want more. They are players who will do important things and will continue to do so. It is a good template. From the inside, training with them every day, what they want is to compete and win. That is very good. I enjoy the day to day with them and we are going to try to achieve our objectives ”, declared Zidane.
Real Madrid is bottom of the group with only one point, the one achieved in extremis in last week’s game against Borussia Monchengladbach. Thus, asked if the objective is still to win the Champions League title, Zidane replied: “We aspire to everything. A friendly, a game, a training session … We want to show that we are good. With Eden we know the player he is and the quality he has, but they all add up ”, commented the white coach.
“Everyone can have an opinion … Last year we did not win the Champions League, but we always aspire to win the Champions League. The players have it in their heads. It will be difficult and complicated, you have to fight a lot, but we will fight for that ”.
Precisely the difficulty of the group was something that also came to the fore. With Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach, few warned in their day of the real potential of the group to which Zidane replied that the important thing is his team and not the rest.
“There are no small teams. Football is becoming more difficult and more beautiful. Anyone can beat anyone. It is what it is. It’s a raffle. Make it more or less strong … All groups are very competitive, like ours. All the games are difficult to win, and that’s our turn ”, concluded Zinedine Zidane.