NEWS | 02/04/2018 | Javier García (Turin) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba/Ángel Martínez"Juventus are a strong all-round side but we're ready to put in a good performance", he commented.
"There haven't been that many changes for us since the final. It's pretty much the same set of players. Since then, our season hasn't gone as well as we had hoped. We've got players coming back for this game and everyone is available apart from Nacho. I've got some selection headaches, but that's good news for everyone".
"This game is totally different to that one. It has nothing to do with what happened then. We did well in that game but this is completely different. The way we set up might be different or it might not, all will be revealed tomorrow. I like all of the systems we play. I like to change things around and play in different ways: with a 4-4-2, a 4-3-3, look to the wings... I haven't got a particular preference".
"There are no guaranteed starters in this squad. I've got 24 very good players and I'm going to use them all. Some of them get more game time at certain points of the season, but they're all important. Isco is just another member of the squad. Things might be different with Spain because they only play eight games, but here we have 60 matches. They'll all be important and my thinking won't change on that".
"We always go out to win, that's our aim. The idea is always to beat whoever we're up against. What has gone before, be it good or bad, doesn't count for anything. We've never beaten them in a knockout tie but we're here to try and change that".
Struggles in ties against Juventus
"I'm not sure what it is. It's not worth thinking too much about that or the games in which we've beaten them. It's a different tie and we need to prepare well for it because it's an important one for both teams".
His time at Juventus
"I learnt a great deal as a player and a person in those five years. I moved here from France and it was a massive change and they welcomed me in as if I was family. I hold fond memories of my time here. I've now moved on and we're focusing on this game with Real Madrid. My memories of the Amsterdam final? It always hurts when you lose".
"They're having a fine season. They're a strong all-round side and we'll have to keep a close eye on them, both in attack and defence. Despite what people might say, Juve are having a good year. I've watch a lot of their games and they're playing well".
A future Juventus coach?
"You can never say never, but I'm happy where I am. I'm not thinking about the future, I just concentrate on taking things day by day at Real Madrid. You know what football and Real Madrid are like. The clubs' DNAs are the same: fighting right until the end and focusing on winning every game".