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Zidane: "We’re happy and ready to get the LaLiga season started"

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NEWS | 16/08/2019 | Javier Vázquez | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia

“We’re very optimistic; we want to make the fans happy and play good football”, said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media in the press room at Real Madrid City after the last training session before the start of the LaLiga season against Celta at Balaidos (Saturday, 5pm, CEST). The coach had this to say about the game: “We want to get started now. It was the last training session and we're only thinking about tomorrow's game. We get our league campaign under way and we're happy and ready for the big kick off”.
 
“We know the team we have available, we know what we want. Celta are a good team in this league, which is the best in the world. We know that there is a lot of competition, a lot of very good teams and you have to be prepared to put in a good performance”.
 
“We're optimistic as the league season begins. Everyone can say what they want about what they have seen so far, with the new players and those that were here before, but now the league starts, which is the big competition and we're very optimistic. We want to make the fans happy, play good football and that's what it's all about. Things are going to be done little by little, starting with tomorrow's game. There are a lot of new players that came in and we'll have everyone available”.
 
Transfer market
“I'm happy with my players and we're all focused solely on tomorrow's game. We're prepared and want to put in a good performance and compete. I have the best players and I've no doubt about that, I've always said so. I will always defend that and that's what matters”.
 
Possible reprieve for Carvajal
“These are things that I don’t control, it’s true that it’s a bit difficult to accept, but what we’re going to do is see what will happen. We’re training and we know that we have the game to play, they could change things and we will wait until the last minute. I don't think it's normal, but it is what it is”.
 
James
“He's fit and I’m happy to have him in the squad. I will repeat what I said the other day, I will have everyone available. They’re also happy to be here”.
 
Kubo
Kubo is a Real Madrid player and has a bright future. We know that anything can happen until the end of the market, but I hope he stays here progressing and playing with Castilla. It is important because he is the future of Real Madrid”.

"Playing well and winning is what matters to me the most".

“I’m happy with what I have, we’ve talked to the right person with whom we had to do things and that is what we have. We’re thinking about tomorrow's game. Occasionally there are rumours. We play football, which is something we love and there are people who experience worst things in life. We take advantage of how lucky we are”.
 
Game style and winning
“Play well and win, that's what matters to me the most. For us it’s not about just winning; Winning is the consequence of what we’re going to do on the field. What we have to do is compete together as a team because we’re going to win things by playing as a team. I prefer to play well, at Real Madrid the important thing is also to play well”.
 
Message to the fans
“When things don’t go how they should or the results are not what they wanted, people will always talk about it. I’d like to say to the fans that this is just the beginning, we need the fans that are always behind the team and we’re going to try to give them what they want by playing good football, and that's it”.
 
Different systems
“I’m the coach and I want to have another way of playing, another option. We can do it with the players who have just come in, and I have to choose the best system to overcome the opponent”.
 
Hazard’s pre-season
“We worked very well on the objective of pre-season, maybe the results didn’t go our way, but that's it. We’re focussed on the competition and from now on we know that every match is important in every competition we’re going to play in. I’m happy with Hazard and the rest of the players”.
 
Past
“It's not positive or negative, I don't think about the past, what we have won here. Football is like that, today matters and not what we have won, what happened, happened. They know that the day to day is important, we want the dynamics to be good and every competition is going to be important. Today's training was important for tomorrow's game”.
 
Bale
“It seemed he was leaving and now he’s here with us. The dynamics and things change, but I will count on him. He has a good record and is an important player and I hope that all the players want to make it difficult for me to pick the team”.
 
Vinicius Jr.
Vinicius is 18 years old, but age has nothing to do with it. He’s an important player and the important thing is that the players are ready, because then I have to pick the team and that’s the most difficult thing, but it’s my job. The players have to be ready, prepared, because we’re going to have lots of games”.
 
Pogba
“He plays for Manchester United and you have to respect that. We’re here thinking about tomorrow's game”.
 
Neymar
"Neymar is not a Real Madrid player and I just said that the important players are the ones who are here".

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