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Zidane: "The players are focused and that's what I'm interested in"

NEWS | 05/04/2016 | Javier García (Wolfsburg) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

“The Wolfsburg game will be another tough one, but we're in good shape to be playing a Champions League game”, declared the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press to preview Wednesday's clash against Wolfsburg (8:45pm CEST). The Real Madrid coach gave his thoughts ahead of the game: "We're only thinking about tomorrow's match and about the Champions League game. We're on good form because we've just won a game. We're in good shape, but not just on account of Saturday's game, before that one we were playing well too. Now we've got another game, it's a difficult one and we're going to prepare well for it. We're in good shape to be playing a Champions League game".

"There are no favourites in the Champions League. Each and every game is important. Each game is like a cup final. In football if you ease off you end up paying for it. We're enjoying a good run and you always have to be focused on what we've got to do, and the players are. That's what I'm most interested in".

The Clásico
"I came away happy to have won there and with the manner in which we did it. It's not easy to win there and we know that. It was important for our morale as we continue fighting. Prior to that game I'd said that we were on good form. We won what was a difficult game and now we have to keep going because all of the games are going to be tough".

"James and Isco
Such are the problems that a coach faces. I'd like them all to be able to play and to go with both Isco and James. They are players who have great quality and when they don't play it's tough. I was a player myself and I know that they all want to be playing. I have to chose, there are 22 of them and I have to pick a starting XI and then the rest who can come on from off the bench. Those two will play important roles during the rest of the season, despite them not playing on Saturday. I'm very interested to see how James and Isco perform because I know what they can do".

"Tomorrow we face a difficult game. This is a team that have made it to the quarter-finals. They've struggled in their league, but that counts for nothing. This is a Champions League game and that means a lot to any player. They've deserved to get this far and tomorrow we're going to be up against it. We're going to go out there as we always do, play our game with our brand of football and we're going to prepare well for it". 


"They've got many players who are capable of causing us problems. Physically they're strong and they know how to play football, plus they've got pace up top. There's no doubt that they'll make it tough for us, but what I'm interested in is what we're going to do, we're Real Madrid and we want to play our game too".

The BBC's defensive contribution
"The three of them are working hard and are doing well. Of course they could be asked to defend more, but all three of them are doing their jobs defensively. We all know that their main role is to attack, we also know that to win a tough game they also have to do a job defensively. I'm certain that if we work together we'll win. You'll win no trophies without working together".

Sergio Ramos
"He's getting close to being back to his best. He's had injuries and it's not easy, but I think that he's doing fine. As for the sending-off on Saturday, in games like that you're always giving your all because that's what the game demands of you. He's fine and he's getting back to his best. I'm happy with him, he's the captain and he'll always be important for the team".

"I remember his performance in Germany two years ago perfectly. I saw a player with personality. I watched the game, as did Ancelotti, who was the coach at the time. He's always wanting to learn, he's working excellently, he's always asking questions, he wants to improve and from a coach's perspective, that is great".

The Importance of Marcelo and Carvajal
"Wing-backs are important in football, not just at Real Madrid. When the game is tight, they're the one who can make the difference. We're lucky enough to have great players in these positions and I'm pleased with the job that they're doing. Their main responsibility is to defend, but we're lucky to have players who can offer you something going forward. Danilo could well start tomorrow, but so too could Carvajal".