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Zidane: “December is a crucial month and we can't wait to get going”

NEWS | 01/12/2017

“We're in for a difficult game at San Mamés but we're ready to put in a good performance”, added the madridista coach.
Zinedine Zidane has appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City prior to his side's clash with Athletic. The Whites' coach analysed what is set to be a demanding month in December: “We've got some great games coming up and we want to perform well. December is a crucial month and we can't wait to get going. We want to show what we're worth”.

“We know we've got three or four big games coming up. There will be great some matches this month and we have to play at the level we know we can. We haven't been able to string together a good run of performances. I've got a very positive group and we know we can turn things around”.

Ramos and the San Mamés clash
“Sergio is fit for tomorrow because he's back with the group. We know it'll be a difficult game because we know the ground and the fans, but we're ready to put in a good performance. This week has been great. We're hungry to try and put in a performance. We always want more and we'll give it all we've got. It'll be a good game against a good team tomorrow”.

“The fans will get behind their team, as always, that's how it is. I don't think they'll give their team a tough time when they're hosting Real Madrid. We know it'll be tough and we have to dig in and play good football”.

We have to play at the level we know we can in the upcoming games.

“Bale hasn't got anything serious. It's just a bit of discomfort and we don't want to risk it. I couldn't tell you when he started to feel pain. He was feeling it in his calf, it's the way it is. He's got real power and he has to be fully fit to play. With it being in his calf, we really want to fix this problem. I'm always positive, although he's not having the best time right now, he'll come through it. We have to give him lots of support as he recovers. We can't forget that he's a key player for us and when he's fit, he's capable of unbelievable things. We have to be patient”.

Bale's return
“That depends on him. I hope it'll be next week. I believe in Bale, as does everyone else. It's a difficult situation and because he's an athlete and a particular type of player, he has to be 100% to play. There have been some games when he's not been right physically and we don't want to take the risk and have him out even longer. He's the first that wants to be back with us. He wants to play, win games and be with his teammates. It's nothing serious and I hope he's back with us soon. The most important thing is that he feels fit enough”.

Does Cristiano Ronaldo deserve the Ballon d'Or?
“It's not that he's inhuman, but he's something else. He's a player without limits and I'm sure he'll win his fifth Ballon d'Or. He's had an extraordinary season and he deserves it. It wouldn't surprise me if he wins it again because he always wants to improve and he's extremely ambitious. It'll be well deserved for the season he has had”.

“I've always got the best here. Keylor is the best. I'm always focused on the players I have. Kepa is a great goalkeeper, but I'm happy with Keylor and Kiko. We'll have to see if anyone comes in. I've not asked for anything so far. We'll discuss things when the window opens. I'm not going to talk about players who may or may not come in in the future. That's not my problem for now, I just want to concentrate on the players I have and prepare for the upcoming games”.