Rueda de prensa de Zinedine Zidane

Zidane: "We're one step away from the last 16 and want to get the three points"

NEWS | 20/11/2017 | Javier García (Nicosia) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba/Helios de la Rubia

"We'll have to be focused, we know what's at stake and it won't be an easy game", insisted the Whites' coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press before leading the final training session ahead of his side's encounter against APOEL (Tuesday, 8:45pm CET). The Real Madrid coach previewed the clash, in which his team are bidding to secure their place in the Champions League last 16, in the following terms: "We're in good shape. We want to go out and show the same determination as we did at the weekend. We're one step away from the last 16 and want to put three points on the board tomorrow".

"This isn't the time to be discussing the transfer window. All that I'm interested in is tomorrow's game and this squad. We haven't spoken about the game and it won't be an easy one. They're a side that have performed well in this season's Champions League. We'll have to be focused, we know what's at stake". 
"They're a good team and they've have proved that. They're deserving of their place in the Champions League and they performed very well at the Bernabéu. We'll be in for a tough test tomorrow night and we'll have to be ready".
"He's at the front of the queue when it comes to wanting to give more and he knows that he's got more to offer. I'm here to try and help all of my players, not just Karim. We're improving, but in terms of our confidence in front of goal... As far as goals go, when you score one or two it changes everything. Let's hope that tomorrow is the day when everything changes".


"We know what a tough job we've got. We're Real Madrid and more is always demanded of us. That's a good thing and we're aware of the effort that we have to put in. Every player wants to be given more minutes, each member of the squad has a role to play and wants to be a more important figure. I'm the one who has to decide how much game time each of the players get. It's my job and my players have to be ready to perform when they get the chance".
"I'm always optimistic. I'm extremely fortunate. I'm in good health and enjoy what I'm doing. There are other jobs which aren't as easy as this. I'm remain optimistic, regardless of what happens. I believe in the players that we've got our disposal. We're going through a spell in which some people might be concerned, but I'm not".

The youngsters
"The most important thing for me is to talk to my players, whilst bearing in mind that they're here to do a job. They're very young and are here to work. For example, when (Marco) Asensio came in he didn't play as much and now he's getting more game time. It'll be the same for (Dani) Ceballos. He's got a tremendous future ahead of him, the same goes for (Marcos) Llorente and all the others. It's all part of the journey they've got to go on. All of them have a future within this team".