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Zidane: "We deserve to be here and it'll be a great final"

NEWS | 27/05/2016 | Alberto Navarro (Milán) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

“We'll have to run, run and run. We know what it is to suffer and if you want to win the Champions League you have to go through difficult moments”, said the Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room at the San Siro on the day before the match against Atlético. The Madrid coach analysed the Champions League final: “We've worked hard to get here. Both teams deserve to be playing this final. I'm happy with the work we've done because we've been through a lot, but it's impossible to get to a final without suffering. We've got one game left and we're well prepared to play it. There's one night to go. We'll rest up and tomorrow we'll play a great final”.

“Nobody can take away what we've achieved so far. Failure can only be in our attitude. You never know what's going to happen but we're very well prepared to play this final. Tomorrow we'll have to run, run and run. We know what it is to suffer and tomorrow I'm sure we'll have to show that, but in a final it's normal to have difficult moments during the match, and if you want to win you've got to go through that suffering”.

“They're a team. I can't pick out one particular player. They work as a team. I wouldn't take anyone out of the Atlético side. We know how they work. They're in the final for a reason: the good work they've all put in. They'll make it a complicated game, we know that and we're prepared for it”.

A hard match?
“Not hard. Hard implies something ugly and it's not like that. It'll be difficult but we're ready and the players just want the match to start after 15 days of preparation. First off we'll have to defend well without the ball and then we've got our attacking weapons to do good things going forward”.

I really believe in the work, what the players have done over the last 15 days has been phenomenal.

“It's been three months since the last derby and we're better in every sense, but that means nothing. I'm pleased because the work has been tremendous. Now it's time for this game and we'll give our all. We'll see what happens, but we're ready to play. It's 50-50. There are no favourites”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“He had some discomfort in Manchester but he's back at 100% and we're playing a final. He's fine. He's not got the same problems as in Manchester, it's different”.

First final as a coach
“It's different. I've had it as a player, as assistant coach and now as head coach. I'm happy and I experience it intensely with the whole team. Getting to a final isn't easy. What the players have done has been phenomenal in every sense. It's a final and we're all happy to be playing”.

“When the game starts I'll feel more tension, but it's part of the work of the coach and I like it. I've lived it as a player, but it's nothing like as a manager. Ancelotti always told me that. Before the final in Lisbon he said he hoped I would one day experience it as a head coach, and I always remember Carlo”.

Differences between Lisbon and Milan
“Some players have left but the idea is always the same at this club: unity, effort, camaraderie, and when it's time to play, showing quality and giving it our all. Tomorrow we want to show this again and give everything we've got”.

Praise from Materazzi
“I'm happy with the work we've done so far. I'm happy with all we've done to get to the final”.

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