Rueda de prensa del Real Madrid

Zidane: "We know that we'll have to dig in and put in a good performance"

NEWS | 05/03/2018 | Javier García (Paris) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba/Helios de la Rubia

"We're focused and ready to take on a great team that'll be doing their all to make life difficult for us", he added.
Zinedine Zidane addressed the media in a packed press room at the Parc des Princes. The Whites' boss previewed the showdown with PSG (Tuesday, 8:45pm CET) and expressed his belief in his side: "We've come here to play our game. We're all ready and that's why the whole squad is here. We've now got our final training session, we're focused and ready for the game".

"Things will be difficult for one of the two teams at the final whilst tomorrow night but that's the way it goes in football. What I want to see and what we have to do is put in a good performance. We know that we'll have to dig in and that they'll make life hard for us, but we'll have to dig deep and play our game".

"We're used to all of this. What we have to do is just focus on the game because it's 11v11 and the referee, who'll be doing his job. We just have to focus on playing our game. The atmosphere will be ferocious but it's just another game".
Return to France
"This is Paris and I'm from Marseille (laughter). It's always a pleasure to return to France. I don't get over very often and it's special to be here. However, we've come here to play a game of football with Real Madrid. The important thing is that we're ready to put in a good perfomance against a great team that'll be doing all they can to make things difficult for us. I hope that it'll be a great spectacle".
Not conceding
"You can't control that. If you take the lead it doesn't mean anything. You've got to be ready for the unexpected, both if we score and if we end up conceding. We'll have to perform for the full 90 minutes".


"I've been here for a few years now with this group. It's always a tricky task to pick a starting XI from this squad because they all want to play. However, part of my job is to pick the team that'll play tomorrow. I'm not going to tell you anything about the team that I'm going to put out. We're ready and I believe that all of them are capable of playing".

Neymar's absence
"It doesn't change anything whilst at the same time it changes everything. He's an exceptional player, but for us it doesn't make any difference because another player will come in and he'll be really up for it and will want to put in a great performance. In terms of motiviation it doesn't alter a thing because we'll still be up against very competitive opposition with some great players".
Di María
"He's a tremendous player who has made history with Real Madrid. He's capable of playing anywhere across the midfield. He's quick, moves well and has a good shot on him. We'll try and put a side out that'll see us play our own game and prevent them from making life difficult for us".
Key game
"It's not a cup final. It's the return leg of the Champions League round of 16 and we're aware just how important it is. It'll be a tough game, but we'll be aiming to put in a great performance and we're used to playing in these sorts of game. Tomorrow we'll have to produce some good football".