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Zidane: “Those who come to the stadium will want to see a good Real Madrid display and we'll be trying to give them that"

NEWS | 29/07/2016 | Alberto Navarro (Ann Arbor) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia/Antonio Villalba

“Pre-season fixtures allow you to work on things so that they come as second nature”, Zidane stressed in the press room at the Michigan Stadium.

Zinedine Zidane took to the press room at the Michigan Stadium on the eve of Real Madrid's second pre-season game to preview the European champions' clash against Chelsea: "Pre-season fixtures allow you to work on things so that they come as second nature. I want to see a little bit more tempo and some of the things we've been working on in training. We're well prepared and I now want to see a bit of a stronger performance from my team".

"The important thing is that, knowing that we've got supporters right throughout the world, we're happy to be here and we want the fans to enjoy our football. I want to see my team performing better than they did in the first game. We need to be showing a bit more and prove that we're getting better in terms of fitness. We're not 100% yet, but I want to see a different performance. Those who come to the stadium will want to see a good Real Madrid display and we'll be trying to give them that. We'll have to play on the pitch regardless of the state it's in tomorrow".

Benzema
"He won't feature tomorrow. When a player has got an injury, it's always a concern. It's hip-related and it's something that continues to bother him. We're working on it and every day he's in with the physios. We hope that he can play a part in the third game because it's important that he plays before the Super Cup".

Ramos, Modric and James
"They're fine-tuning their fitness and they're following the same programme as their teammates. They'll train in the morning and we'll have to see whether they play in the evening. The plan is for them to be ready for the Super Cup and to do that they must play against Bayern, at the very least".

Yes, I think we've got the best squad in the world, but we've got to prove it and that's what we're working on.

"Yes, I think that we've got the best squad in the world, but we've got to prove it and that's what we're working on. Up until 31 August anything can happen. There are players who could end up going out and nothing is done and dusted. I'm happy with the players I've got. We're working hard and that's very important for a coach, it's the most important thing. I've got to work the talent in this squad. My press conferences might be a bit boring because I always say the same thing, but it's important to prepare well for the season".

Praise for Marco Asensio
"He's happy here and he's showing that he wants to play. If he stays with us he knows what he's going to get. I'm delighted with how he's performing and anything could happen between now and 31 August. I'm happy with how he's playing. He's very young and I'm his coach."

Cristiano Ronaldo's injury
"He's ruled out of the Super Cup. He has to get himself prepared and we're not going to throw him in after a month off. We've got 10 days between the Super Cup and the next game. He'll be working with us, but I don't think that he'll play in the first La Liga game".

Keylor Navas
"He's doing better, but it's looking unlikely that he'll make it for the Super Cup. When we get back he has to go and see the doctor to continue with his recovery programme. It's tough, but he's working very well, he's fine within himself and he's getting stronger by the day. Casilla is our number 2 and he's in fine shape to be called upon. We're happy with him and he's ready to play".

Enzo and Luca
“I'm the coach. They're good enough to be here and be training with us and that's all there is to it. At home they're my sons, but we're here to work and they've got just the same right to do that as the others. We're focused on our work".

Pre-season tours
“We're happy with this year's trip because we've had 10 days in a row to train without having to travel. We've got three games without long journeys between them and a lot off back and forth and both the coaching staff and the players are pleased with that".

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