NEWS | 07/03/2016“They're a great team and their attackers are very good”, added the coach in the press room.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at the Real Madrid City the day prior to the Roma game (Tuesday 8:45pm CET). The Madrid coach analysed the Champions League second-leg Round of 16 game: "The only thing we have to do tomorrow is win the game. We have to concentrate on tomorrow’s game because a lot of people think it will be easy, it will be difficult and we must play well and win well. I'm not worried about creating doubts. We must concentrate on the game".
"Our main obligation is tomorrow's game and we will try to do the best we can and win the game. I'm not thinking any further ahead and after that we will think about the league game. Concentrating day to day makes me stronger. We have to play all the games. They're never won before. I've been a player and I know that if you don't do well, they can knock you out".
Praise for Cristiano Ronaldo
“I'm not in favour for selling him. I am the coach and I want him. They whistled at me, at everyone. It's not a question of any player in particular, it's the fans who want more from their players and this is better for the players trying to make them always do their best. The fans really love their players in the end and this is very important. The stadium is always full and this means a lot".
The importance of the fans
“They are very important for us and they know that. They have always been with us and in the game it's normal that when they see things how they want them, they whistle a bit. I've been a player and they're things that happen in football. There is no need to make anything of it".
“This is the most important game and then Sunday’s game will be the most important after the Roma game has finished. You always want to play games like these and you can't explain with words what it feels like. Roma are a good team and those up top are strong and good, but I'm more interested in my own players and they know it will be a difficult game".
“He's prepared and ready to play. That the most important thing. The players who play have to do their job. The players know what they have to do on the field. There’s one idea, it's the same, it's to always defend when we don't have the ball and try to do damage when we have it. It will be difficult to pick the team tomorrow but its better having all your players available".
Physical condition of James
“It's not a problem of his. He is a committed player and he trains well. There's always one, two or three players who go out. The important thing is that he gives everything out on the field and he's doing that. We want more from him because of his quality, like a lot of players in the squad. He's improving and he's showing that".
“You can change or do the same. Our plan is the have a lot of attacking power and tomorrow you'll see the team. He has played 3 games with us with an incredible intensity. He is part of the group. Everything that he does is done with personality and desire, but he's young, he's starting, and we must go little by little. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Karim isn't available, apart from him I have everyone available".
Marcelo not being called up for Brazil
“Marcelo is ready to play. He came on the other day and he can play with us. It's the only thing that I can say. If the national team call him or not is his business".
“He is a great player, with an incredible career. He knows what he can bring to the team. I'd say that a coach should embrace what time remains for Totti as a player".