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Zidane: “We can't relax for a minute because the opposition makes it tough”

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NEWS | 20/11/2020

“I'm only thinking about the health of the players and worried that they have so many games,” the coach said.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at Real Madrid City ahead of the last training session before the LaLiga matchday 10 encounter between Villarreal and Real Madrid (Saturday, 4:15pm CET): “The good news is that we're all back and thinking about tomorrow's game, but the bad news is that some players have picked up slight injuries. But as always, we want to think about tomorrow and play a great game. We're only thinking about that”.
 
“The players are ready for tomorrow. Nacho and Carvajal have trained with the group and the situation with Casemiro, Hazard and Militão is different because they were not injured, but they have been training at home. We have to stay together as a group and think about tomorrow's game because we know how important it is. I hope that we can do well throughout the game”.
 
Fixture schedule
"We have had a meeting with the coaches to try to change something and today I am telling you what I think, but in the end, they are able to plan schedules. I'm only thinking about the health of the players and football because it's important to put on a good performance".
"The calendar is what it is. Recovery is very important and we don't have much time between one game and another. This is the reality and we have to put up with the situation. We will comply, but today I wanted to talk about that and I am doing it. The calendar is what it is and we know that not everyone can rest. I have to manage this and the schedule is crazy."
 
Sergio Ramos
"The important thing is that Sergio Ramos and the club are ok. He's our leader and an important player.  Whether he plays for the national team has nothing to do with it. He has to continue until he decides. We always want our captain with us for what he is and transmits when the others are not there. I hope his situation with the club will be fixed quickly for the good of all and mine as a coach."

We always want our captain with us for what he is and what he transmits

"It's bad news when any player is injured, but today is another day and we know that Sergio will not be there. We want him to recover quickly. The worst news for a coach is seeing your players get injured. I'm only thinking about the health of the players and when they have so many games they never stop. Many teams are experiencing the same things and it's true that I'm worried, but it's something I'm not going to get involved in."
 
Varane's fitness
"He's not 100% but he's committed and wants to play. We will see about tomorrow's game, but he will be there. He's part of this club and we were lucky to sign him. He is non-transferable for the club, the coach and the fans. However, we cannot prevent that his future is spoken about, but the position of the club and mine are clear".
"Let's see tomorrow. He's not one hundred percent because he didn't train yesterday. He picked up a knock, but he wants to be with us and play, he is committed and that's good. We'll see how we do in tomorrow's game”.
 
Militão
"He's been training with us for two days and is gradually getting better. We will see, but he has to regain his fitness like everyone else."
 
Has the team found its optimal condition?
"It will be difficult until the end to find the optimal physical condition because everything is very strange, but nothing changes. We have to play the games and prepare for them well to try to win all the games that we play, knowing that each of them is difficult ".
 
On his personal situation
"This is Real Madrid and we know the club's position. You can never make a mistake and it's always been like that. That's in this club's DNA".
 
What is the ideal age to play for Real Madrid?
"The ideal age is the one chosen by the club and the players."

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