Zidane: “We are ready for Roma”

NEWS | 13/02/2016 | Javier García

“The team are doing well in terms of fitness and play; I am happy with what we did against very good opponents", he added.
Zinedine Zidane assessed the win against Athletic at the Santiago Bernabéu press room: "We are ready for the game on Wednesday in Rome. We are doing well in terms of fitness and play. I am happy with what we did against very good opponents. The important thing for us is to perform at our top level and win games. Over 90 minutes there are always difficult moments. I am more or less happy with all of our games".

"We are always going to have errors, I am not worried about that. The good thing is that in the end we won. We faced a difficult opponent and we knew it. In football you are not always going to have control of chances and the ball. You have to try and make the smallest number of errors. With their first goal, Rafa (Varane) wanted to play it to Keylor. That is football and these things can happen".

Cristiano on the wing
“We were looking for that. Cristiano is very important on the wing, with his speed and in one on one situations. Athletic were very strong pressuring and the idea was to look for space on the wing. He did that quite well. That is how the first goal came. Toni recovered the ball and passed to Cristiano. You are here to assess if he is doing well or not but today he once again showed that he is, I don't know if I can say it, doing f....... well".

Champions League
“It brings back a lot of memories. I won it with this club as a player and as the assistant manager. It has something special. When you are a footballer you dream of winning the World Cup every four years, and of winning the Champions League every year. We are going to fight to do it".

The important thing for us is to perform at our top level and win the game.

“I am happy with Kovacic's game. He played really well and I took him off because he was a little tired, however that is normal. I wanted to give him playing time. He trains well and had a good game. I am happy with him and also with Isco. I am going to enjoy this game today and tomorrow I will think about the Roma game".

“I am happy with him, he needed to score a goal. He is gradually gaining in intensity and also gaining importance in the team".

“I am not worried. He is a young player, we are gradually going to ask more of him. What I want to see with players that make mistakes is that they realise the next time what they have to do correctly. However, he looks to be doing well. I don't think his sending off was fair, I didn't see the images but they told me that it was a normal jump".

“The idea was to have Carvajal on the left and Danilo on the right. They both had a good game. It isn't Dani's favourite position but that was how things were today. We will see what we do in Rome. Today we tried that".