Rueda de prensa de Zinedine Zidane

Zidane: “We achieve things by beleiving and fighting”

NEWS | 01/05/2018 | Bárbara Jiménez

“The support from the fans was incredible and in Kiev we're going to fight and defend our title”, he added.
Zidane appeared in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium after the match, where he began to analyse what had happened out on the pitch: "It was a crazy game, but at the same time very entertaining for football fans. We must also congratulate the opponent because they made it a great game. We started badly by conceding early, but the second half was better, pressing high up".

"We're happy as it's not normal to play in a Champions League final three years in a row, but now that we're there, we have to try to win it. We're going to give everything. We're going to fight hard and defend our title. It's very nice to play in the Champions League final three years in a row".

Your feelings
"I feel great because qualifying for the final in this way is very nice. This is why we like football. We believe in our work and that we can defend the title in Kiev. What the players do is incredible and I would like to thank all the Real Madrid supporters because they have been unbelievable".

"Suffering is part of football and more so at this level in the Champions League. It makes it feel even better to make it to the final, although it's tough on the heart. You can't get to the Champions League final without suffering. It's to be expected in a Champions League semi-final"

Benzema has shown that he never gives in and Keylor helped us a lot with his saves.

“That’s what’s great about this club. It’s a long history and now we are adding to it. Real Madrid never give up and we believe in what we’re doing. That belief and fight are what allow us to keep achieving great things”.

Praise for Benzema
“I’m thrilled for him. He really wanted to score, he’s bagged a brace and given us the chance to qualify. He never shies away from hard work. He never gives up and his teammates and the fans have shown their affection for him tonight, we’re very happy”.

“He’s shown once again in a Champions League semi-final, just as he did last year, that he never gives in. I defend him like I defend all of my players. It’s the players who give us this pleasure and they’re the ones who have given it their all out on the pitch”.

Keylor Navas’ superb performance
“We’re very happy with him. Great keepers show up for the big games. In the second half he was absolutely fantastic for us with some huge saves and he was commanding in cutting out lots of their crosses. He’s given us everything he’s got and he’s Real Madrid’s number one”.

Lucas Vázquez at right-back
“He played at right-back and Luka was there to help him out in dealing with Alaba and Ribéry. We struggled a bit, particularly in the first half, because we sat too deep, but we played higher up and pressed better in the second half”.

“He was the one I chose for today’s game. We know he gives us something different, breaking through lines with the ball. Sometimes one guy players, others someone else gets a go. The important thing is that we’re in the final”.