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Zidane: "The important thing in a semi- final is that you give 150%"

NEWS | 25/04/2016 | Alberto Navarro (Manchester)

“The players are focused on winning, and there was the same atmosphere as there is now amongst the Décima-winning squad ”, the Whites' coach added.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media gathered inside the Etihad Stadium's press room on the eve of clash against Manchester City (Tuesday, 8:45pm CEST). The Real Madrid coach had the following to say about the Champions League semi-final first-leg showdown: "The important thing in a semi-final is that you give 150%. Anything can happen in a game of football. You can prepare for it well, but it then the game turns out differently to how you thought it would. There are two games to come, first up we've got tomorrow's game, and we'll give our all here against a tough opposition at a tricky ground".

"We're going to try to do our best to score some goals and to not concede. The tie is 50-50, but our thinking is always to go out and win the game. When you play away from home, it's important not to concede and to score yourselves. That's our plan, and even more so with this being a semi-final. As long as we're focused and united we all know that we're going to do a good job. The plan is to go out and try to make sure that the same thing doesn't happen as it did against Wolfsburg".

Motivation levels
"The players are focused on winning. There was the same atmosphere within the Décima-winning squad, and I can see that these players are focused on this major challenge, but at the same time we know that it won't be easy".

Manchester City
"They are capable of hurting you and we're going to try to make sure that they don't. The plan is to defend when we don't have possession and try to hurt them when we do. De Bruyne is in good form and we'll be trying to stop him. He's a good player and he's shown all of his quality since he joined the club. He links up very well with Agüero, and we'll have to see what happens tomorrow".

Whole squad focus
"The idea is for us to all be united, there are those players who feature more and others who play less, but those you don't feature as much are important for those who do play. I will speak to the four players who miss out, but this is one of the difficulties a coach faces. It's the most difficult decision that I'll have to take in this game". 


"Theis for Cristiano and Benzema to play tomorrow, but we've got our last training session today and we'll have to see. They've made great recoveries and they're in perfect shape, today they're 100% fit. They're players who look after themselves and my plan is for them to be 100% fit. We come into the game in great form and I'm sure that all together we're going to do a good job".

Preassure to win the Champions League
''I'm relaxed in the sense that I'm enjoying it, although during the game itself I'm a little more tense, but in the build-up I'm relaxed''

Kroos an Modric
''It's important that they attack and defend. With these players you want them to do be doing things in attack, but their defensive work is important too. In Wolfsburg it was a struggle rigth from when they scored and we had a tough time of things, I don't want that to happenagain. We need to try to be strong defensively and work together''

Sixth succesive semi-final
''This club has a really great history and we known about the imagethat we need to be portraying to the world. It's always a source of pride to see Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League and to be one of the last four teams left in the competition''

Errors during games
´´Something it´s just down to a lack of concentration. Anything can happen in a game of football and you have to face up to the opposition in front of you. They can cause you problems and we know that if we're focused al all times, that makes it more difficult for the opposition''

Premier League
''It's an exciting league in which there are good games and there's always entertainment, that's something that players like. It's exciting, without going into the money side of things''