MADRID – Zinedine Zidane categorically denied that his team is doing a “miracle” by remaining alive in two competitions after the ordeal of injuries and irregularities throughout this season.
“Not at all, what miracle? This is work. There are a lot of people working around the team and the players as well. It is a lot of work and dedication to our passion. Having difficulties like the ones we have had and arriving as we are arriving means that the boys and the players … I am very happy with what they can get out because it is not easy, ”said the Real Madrid coach.
The whites will face Osasuna this weekend with the aim of staying in the fight for the League after Barça’s defeat against Granada, which, for Zidane, does not change the fight for the title much.
“It will not change anything. The things that happen around we do not control. We do control what we can do and we focus on that. We are going to put in the best team to try to win tomorrow. La Liga is always very complicated and it will be until the end. Nor am I happy about the defeats of the rivals. We have to look at ourselves and we are going to try to win the league until the end ”, commented Zidane.
The Frenchman admitted that Sergio Ramos is already training with the group and that he is “ready to be with us.” ESPN reported Thursday that the captain wants to force to be in Wednesday’s game at Stamford Bridge and his evolution in the next few will mark availability.
As for Ferland Mendy, Zidane announced that “he will not be there tomorrow”, leaving the question of whether he will arrive in time for the London game. About that same meeting, Zidane was also asked if Marcelo, who will be part of a polling station in the elections to the Madrid Assembly on Tuesday, could travel with the team.
“Marcelo is going to fulfill his obligations and on Wednesday he will be with us. We cannot change the obligations ”, commented the technician. The elections are on Tuesday and the party on Wednesday but, as ESPN has learned, the justifications to excuse the side from his obligations have been rejected by the Electoral Board since it is interpreted that he could travel on Wednesday. However, the protocols due to COVID-19 make Wednesday’s trip difficult and, therefore, attempts are being made to move it with the expedition on the same Tuesday.
Finally, Zidane closed the press conference with a protest statement from the staff. After a very complicated year with more than 50 injuries, the Frenchman wanted to make it clear that being alive in both competitions has an added difficulty.
“We have done what was convenient at all times. It is not easy to manage a squad like Madrid because everyone has their opinions from outside. My job is to manage everything, but it is still difficult to manage. You will tell me that the fault lies with the physio, the doctor or the coach. It is a very rare year and I insist that preparation for a player is essential. And we have had no preparation. When you prepare without time, these things can happen and a lot has happened ”, declared the Madrid coach.