Rueda de prensa de Zidane

Zidane: “I'm proud of the team and everything we're doing”

NEWS | 23/02/2018 | Alberto Navarro

“Alavés never give in but we're well prepared and we'll try to put in a great perforance”, added the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City on the day prior to his side's clash with Alavés (4:15pm CET). The coach had the following to say about the encounter: “I'm proud of the team and everything we're doing. We're showing our character and personality. Scoring 26 goals in 6 games is unbelievable and we want to keep up this great run. We're up against good opposition tomorrow and they'll come here with a plan”.

“We want to put in a good performance and if we manage that we give ourselves a great chance of winning the game. I'm only thinking about tomorrow's game and trying to pick up the three points, nothing else. We know Alavés have changed their coach and have won four of their last five against good teams. They never give in but we're well prepared and we're going to try and give a good performance tomorrow”.

Events in Bilbao
“We're saddened by the death of the policeman in Bilbao. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. I hate violence wherever it occurs. It's hard to understand when these things happen. I hope it's the last we see of these kinds of events at a football stadium. That's what everyone wants. All clubs are committed to combating it. A club wants the best for its fans, so they can come just to watch the football with their families and have a nice day out. That's what we all want. At least that's what Real Madrid wants for the fans”.

“I'm always going to back my players and I hope they keep going every day for as long as I'm here”.

Conceding goals
“We've always conceded goals and we'll continue to do so. We're playing against top sides and it's important to minimise the mistakes. The opposition can cause us problems, that's to be expected, it's part of football. I'll be a happy man as long as we always get one more than our opponents”.

Scoring 26 goals in 6 games is unbelievable and we want to keep up this great run.

“The crucial thing is to give it our very best, and that's what I try to transmit with my passion. I've been playing football for 42 years, my entire life, and my father always taught me to give it my all. Things are not always going to go smoothly. Sometimes you need the bad to appreciate the good. We can learn from everything and I do so because I listen carefully. That's one of my strengths; listening to the people around me because they're bright and have got a lot to say. I always learn a lot from the people close to me”.

“He's a key player in this squad and he always will be. You ask me about a different player every day but all I'm interested in, is the team and how we're working day in day out. There are players who don't get much game time but they train every day and those players are vital because I believe in the group, not individuals. They're all fantastic players but I focus only on the team”.

“The important thing is for him to feel fit and train well. He's focused and I want to see him back at 100%. I don't want to lose him to injury again. There are many things behind it but I'm sure he's going to play a key role. I've not had him available due to all the injuries. We play every three days and we have to monitor every player. We've had injuries to three or four guys recently and we have to be careful. That's how I see it, and I'll be calling on all 25 of my players from here to the end of the season. Football has changed and I need them fit and healthy, at 100%”.

Ceballos' substitution at Leganés
“It wasn't easy, I'm very sorry about it. I don't like to take a player off after 30 seconds but it's just the way it was the other day. I'm thrilled with him because he's a great guy and he works hard, he's young and he has to keep learning. He must keep up the good work and concentrating on getting game time”.

“I'll be watching because I love these games and I want to see how Marseille start the game in Paris”.