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Zidane: "Sevilla are a strong rival, it's going to be a difficult game"

NEWS | 19/03/2016

“Wolfsburg are a strong rival and if they are in the quarter-finals it is for a reason”, added the Real Madrid manager.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at Real Madrid City today before tomorrow's La Liga game against Sevilla. The Whites manager spoke about the game against the Andalusians: "It's going to be a difficult game. They are a very strong rival, who, despite injuries, have a very good squad, with some great players. It will be difficult, I'm sure. We have had one of our best weeks since I arrived at Real Madrid and that is great".

"I'm thinking about our next game which is tomorrow, and we have to do everything to win it. I'll field the best team to win the game. I won't think about the next game because in addition to tomorrow's game we also have the international break and that will play a role in preparing for the next game".

The full squad available
"We have 22 or 23 players. The only thing is that I will always field the best team as I see it. We always think game by game, but the good thing is to have all players available. This is the second time we have this and It is a positive thing for a manager".

Wolfsburg: Champions League rivals
"People are saying a lot of things about them, but if they have qualified for the quarter-finals and topped their group it is for a reason. Champions League games are there to be played. First we have to focus on La Liga and then we will prepare well for this game against a strong rival. I am only concerned with our game. We will see what happens with the rest, but I'm not going to give any opinions".

I am working with a group of players that have great footballing qualities as well as great human qualities.

"It is true that I am at the best team in the world and you feel pressure, but I'm taking it well because I'm doing what I love. I have the good fortune of being here and I'm happy because every day I’m improving. I'm learning from this which is great. I'm happy and I hope to be this way for a long time".

"I'm not going to say whether the treatment he is getting in France is fair or not. They are still investigating. The only thing I want from the player is for him to concentrate on what he has to do: play football and focus on the game tomorrow. We have spoken and the best thing is that he focuses on football".

"He is focussed on what he has to do on the pitch. He has been out with injury for 23 days and he will get better little by little. During the International break, he will be staying here and we will be able to work on a few things. The most important thing is that physically he feels fine and that his injuries don't come back. After being out for 23 days it’s complicated physically, but he has trained well from Tuesday onwards and he is slowly regaining his fitness. He won't play with the French national team and we will be able to keep working together so that we can keep making improvements physically".

"He can play in many positions. For us he has played just in front of the defence but he can also play higher up. At Bayern he played that way and the key thing is that he is on the pitch and comfortable in his position. He was rested because he has played a lot of minutes and tomorrow we will see which players we field. He is ready to play".

International duty
"The players who are staying here will do so because of the national team coaches taking that decision and I am not going to get involved in that. The idea is that we will be able to work a bit during those 10 days. The players are available to their national team coaches and if they have to play 90 minutes then that’s what they have to do. I will have a look at the games and see how long they will play".

Borja Mayoral
"His status is that of a Real Madrid Castilla player, but he has played with us and has also played in the youth league. What he is doing is not easy. Every week he trains with us and if we have the full squad available it is normal that he goes back to Real Madrid Castilla. I am happy with how he is handling things because it is not easy".