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Zidane: “we were good in the first half but in the second we were thinking about the final”

NEWS | 19/05/2018 | Borja Miranda | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia

“We have not had injuries today and we are ready for the final in Kiev, which is the best part of the season”, he quipped.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at the Estadio de la Cerámica after Real Madrid's final LaLiga game of the season: "We were good in the first half but in the second period we managed the game with the final in mind. When that happens, the opposition can make life hard for you. The LaLiga season didn't start well for us but we have finished strongly. We have the biggest game to come and we're going to enjoy that".

"LaLiga is now over. We have the Champions League to play and we're thrilled to be in the final. It shouldn't be a case of choosing. We want to win everything we can, but this year it wasn't possible to win LaLiga and we are going all out for Champions League glory. I'm not happy with our LaLiga campaign. It has been a difficult season, especially at the beginning. We were able to make things better. We know that is the case and that's that. We did other good things this year: the trophies we won at the start of the season, the Club World Cup and now we have the final still to come. "

The Champions League final
"I haven't got my starting XI for the Champions League final in my head. We're ready. Also we haven't picked up any injuries tonight, which was important. We're ready for this last match and Kiev final, which is the most special game of the season".

I'm happy with the role Bale plays and what he brings to the team.

"At no point has [Gareth] Bale thrown the towel in. He's training well and the only thing that's changed is that he's now scoring goals, as he has done in the last few games. I'm pleased with his performance and what he brings to the team. Nothing has change. The only difference is that he's been scoring of late".

Luca's debut
"He's part of the squad and he did well tonight. I'm delighted with his debut. He's another squad player and that's how I treat him. He was yet to make his debut, he was the only member of the squad who hadn't featured this season, and that's why I put him in tonight. It's an important day for him and for his coach".