NEWS | 12/08/2017“Our aim is to give the most, go to Barcelona and win”, stated the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at Real Madrid City. The Whites coach spoke about the Spanish Super Cup first leg: “It is special because it is another trophy. We know that playing against Barcelona is extra special. We are playing against our strongest rival, but for me that does not change things. We are in perfect shape both physically and mentally. Everyone wants to play and I will have a decision to make”.
"They have made changes but Barcelona is still Barcelona. They are no weaker than the sides I used to face. We know about their playing style. If we go into it thinking it will be easy then we are sadly mistaken. We're playing two games: One in Barcelona and the other in Madrid. That is how it goes and in my opinion I would have proffered to play just the once”.
“He is ready and doing well. He took a holiday and has been with us for 5 or 6 days, but he trained a lot physically on holiday and is ready”.
“I don't have a termination clause. I am here enjoying every single day. Some day that will end but my relationship with Real Madrid does not depend on contracts or money. I am happy with the faith the club has shown me and I'm pleased with the work my players put in. I could sign for 20 years but I know where I am and what my aims are. Who knows, maybe within a year I won't be here and that's that. Real Madrid and I will never disagree on things. I really enjoy my job here”.
“There are always going to be ups and downs but at such a great moment we're enjoying it. We can achieve things as a united group, working hard together. My aims here have been to win every game and every title. I'm trying to bring something new to the team, we’re doing well but I know where I am. I know my day-to-day tasks. Tomorrow we go into battle for another trophy and we must give our best possible. We're going to try and win and then think about the second leg. I am lucky to have a squad of this calibre, they really are extraordinary”.
“He is more than compatible with the BBC but I have to oversee all of this. I can do a lot of different things and I have no real restrictions. We'll see what happens”.
Casemiro, goal scorer in the last two finals
“He works hard like the others in terms of going forward. We work on our attacking side as a unit and it's not down to him individually. I'm happy that he scored in the last two finals, but that isn't his main role in the team. The key thing is that he focusses on his duties”.
Theo's adaptation in the team
“He is doing well like all of them. He has arrived at a club where he is content and here we are, after the preseason and UEFA Super Cup, he is growing like the rest”.
The absence of Neymar
“All I can say is whoever takes his place will do their job well. They won't be the same as Neymar because he is incredible, but they will certainly give their all. I'm not worried. There are not many players like Neymar. You cannot simply replace him but whoever steps in, I'm certain they will bring something special”.
Is the squad confirmed?
“Anything can happen between now and the 31st of this month, but I'm happy with the squad and don't want to make any changes”.