Rueda de prensa de Zinedine Zidane

Zidane: “We have to finish the season as high as possible in the league”

NEWS | 27/04/2018 | Alberto Navarro

"To beat Leganés we must play with intensity and concentration", added the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at the Real Madrid City the day before the match against Leganés (Saturday, 6:30pm CEST). The coach gave his thoughts about the game: "The objective is the same as it's been in recent matches: try to add poibnts ibn order to get second place. We've five games and we want to do our best to finish as high as possible in the league".
"We could start the game strong, but tomorrow the idea is to put in a good performance in terms of the intensity it can cause problems for the opponents. On top of that we'll have to maintain out concentration because they're a good team and do things well. We must control what they do well and play our football".
Zidane's Real Madrid 
"I've been here for a few years now and you're talking about coaches who had a lot of time with their teams. I'm happy, I like it and we're doing well in general. They've been good for two and a half years, but we have to wait a bit to say that it's Zidane's Real Madrid".
"I need more time to prove things. We have to carry on. I want to continue, but the important thing is the day to day. We have a month of competition and nothing else. I'm focussed on doing well and ending the season well".
Keep the block together
"Real Madrid has never had big turn arounds. Things are done calmly and Ramos said something right: that things are done calmly and in their own time. At the moment I don't care about that, just finishing the season well".
Bernabeu: things to put right in the Champions League
"I don't think so. In the last two or three months it's been the opposite: we've played extraordinarily well at home. We had a bad run at the beginning of the season. After having won 3-0 in Turin we conceded a goal at home right at the start which made it difficult. We've done something extraordinary winning away from home in Munich and we have to start the return leg well with lots of determination. That's what will make us stronger on Tuesday".

We're not going to take any risks with Carvajal, Isco and Nacho.

"It is always bad to lose two players like Isco and Carvajal, but at the same time we can't do anything about it. It is what it is. Let's see how they recover as the days go by. I'm sure we'll not risk anything with them or with Nacho. If the player is not 100% he will not be with the group. In football, you never know how the recovery will go".
"He's not relapsed at all. His progression is normal and what he's doing, he's doing well. He's not been in the team in a month, but every day he's much better. We don't want to risk anything. The most important thing is to recover, return to the group and to train normally. That is the most important thing, to get back up to speed with the team".
Bale and Benzema
"We need them and I'll do everything possible so that they know that they're important and that they're not affected by whats said on the outside. This is football and I know that players always want to play, but it's not possible with what I want to do with the players. The important thing, and it's a message for everyone, is that we're all switched on. We have a month left and we must be at our very best".
"I'm not the one to talk about my successor. He's from the house and has played here all his life . I didn't know that he was going at the end of season. It's his decision. My advice is to stay, but the decision is his and we respect it".
Iniesta's goodbye
"The two or three times that I've met with him he's been a lovely person because he is very reserved. I like people who demonstrate who they are on the pitch and outside the game are more relaxed. I only have good words about him and admiration for his football. I wish him the best as a football player and a person. He deserved the Ballon d'Or, especially when he won the World Cup".
What's more valuable, the league and cup double or the Champions League?
"Everything is valuable and you can't choose between titles. We can only win the Champions League, but tomorrow we're playing in the league and we want to finish well. It's not unimportant. We must do well and do our best. Then on Tuesday, we're a game from the final and that means a lot to us".