MADRID –Zinedine Zidane warned that the Champions League quarter-final match against Liverpool is the “most important of the year”. The Frenchman does not want confidence before a key week for Real Madrid.
“It is the most important game of the year because it is the next one. Now we only think of Liverpool,” said the Frenchman, who also highlighted the Reds who are a “very strong and very solid team. The three above know what they are and have a very important effectiveness, that is why we have to be attentive to everything “.
The Madrid coach took the opportunity to publicly praise Klopp, coach of the English team, who he said has a “particular” way of training
“He is a great coach who has achieved great things, even before the final that we played against them, and he has a lot of experience. His work is very good. When I did my course I saw many coaches and I saw Klopp’s career. copy others. He has a very particular way of training, “commented the Madrid coach.
Zidane preferred to tiptoe over the last time both teams met in the Champions League. It was in the 2018 Kiev final that Real Madrid won their last tournament by 3 goals to 1.
“We don’t think about the past. The past is gone. They are different games and we prepare the game in a different way, “said the French coach.
Liverpool arrives impaired in defense due to injuries. For Zidane it is not a weakness because “they have other players, as in our case.” For this game, Zidane will continue without either Sergio Ramos or Carvajal, who have worked apart from the group, while Valverde worked without problems. About Hazard, Zidane said that “I don’t think Hazard’s return was hasty, the important thing is that he is calm about his return.”
Madrid reaches the commitment against Liverpool with renewed illusions. After the victory against Eibar on Saturday and the puncture of Atleti in Seville, the options to fight for the league remain intact as they are three points behind the colchoneros. Precisely for this reason, Zidane believes that his team has been undervalued.
“I think so. In the end, we deserve trust. This team turns what is said around and we never give things up for lost. It is what this club and this team have. As long as there is life, we always fight. We have had difficult moments and now we are fine, but that does not mean anything, “said the Frenchman.
Finally, Zidane wanted to take advantage of his appearance to talk about yesterday’s sad episode in the league, in which Diakhaby left the field of play in Cádiz – Valencia due to alleged racist insults from Juan Cala.
“Tolerance with racism. I don’t know what happened yesterday because I was not there. Respect for the person is the first and most important thing. Zero tolerance with racism,” Zidane said.