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Zidane: “With the fans behind us we'll have an extra player against Bayern”

NEWS | 17/04/2017

"We can’t speculate or think about the first leg", added the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City the day before the game against Bayern (Tuesday, 8:45pm CEST). The Madrid coach analysed the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals: "You know the importance of the match tomorrow and our fans will be more important than ever. We always need them and they’re always there, but in this type of game we ask that they’re with us all the way and that they’re the extra man. The fans at the Bernabéu always give us an advantage and even more so in important matches like this".
"We have to have a great game and be very strong. We will go out to win the game and we’ll not gamble. The first leg has already been played and we know the problems Bayern will create, they’ll make it difficult until the referee blows for full time. We're going to have to play really well. We must do everything we can to win the game".
"Lewandowski is a real number nine and a bonus for Bayern. Bayern have a great team in all departments so we have to be focused on what we have to do. We know that they have a lot of ways to cause problems for their opponents and they also have flaws. We’ll try to play our game and prepare the game well. The result of the first leg does not ensure anything and we must have another great match. It's going to be a great game. It will be decided by small details and we must be ready".

I think the players believe in my work and we have the desire to achieve goals together.

"The important thing is that it’s the players who are doing everything. They know they can make a difference and that's what I want. It’s very important that everyone feels important. I think the players believe in my work and we have the desire to achieve goals together. They are all great players and that makes things much easier".
Bale's Injury
"He’s worked hard to get back with the team and after his injury, three months off, he returned really keen. He has some discomfort that is preventing him from being at his best and I hope he’ll be back with us soon. He’s not going to be with us tomorrow as we don’t want to risk him. He’s keen to return, he’s worked hard and deserves to be with us as soon as possible. I hope it’ll be in time for el Clásico but I can’t guarantee that. We’ll take it day by day".
Praise for Isco
"He’s ready, like everyone. That’s the most important thing for me. Tomorrow we’ll decide who plays and how we’re going to play. It’s coincidence, but due to rotations, he’s not played much in the Champions League. We have a lot of important games and we'll see what we do tomorrow. I have decided who plays but I’ll not say. Everyone is doing phenomenally well, but I have to choose and I’m glad that everyone is at this level. It’s better to have this problem when having to choose the team".
Benzema’s good form
"They are players that we demand a lot from due to their talents. When they aren’t at their best, we criticise them and it’s the hard thing about this sport. These players have a lot of personality and the critics won’t change how they are. They’ll continue training daily and that’s magnificent. I have 24 players like that, I admire them and I have a lot of affection for them. What they give me every day makes me a very happy coach".
"He's on my mind every day, like the rest of the players. You'll see tomorrow how we start and we also have three substitutions. So we need everyone for tomorrow and the rest of the games that are coming up. He plays less because I have to make decisions, but nothing changes about what I think of him. I have a lot of affection for all of them".