Rueda de prensa de Zidane

Zidane: "The team's playing very well, but there are no easy games"

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NEWS | 22/12/2020

"Granada are having a very good season and we have to be ready", said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media in the press room at Real Madrid City after the last training session ahead of hosting Granada. The coach said: "This is a very important match because, as you say, Granada are having a very good season. We know what we're going to come up against tomorrow, a very strong team, and we have to be ready. There’re no easy games in this league, but even more so with tomorrow's match, because they're a team that compete really well and they're very good. I'm not surprised by how they’re doing".
"It annoys me because I never get involved with referees. The referees are part of the game and they get it right like the players and like everyone else. It's a difficult and challenging job, and I'm not saying anything about what Koeman said. We have a very important game tomorrow and that's all we're thinking about".
"He hasn't trained this morning and we’re hoping that what Luka has is nothing, but as always we won’t take any risks. Hopefully, from what we've seen, it's only a little thing. We'll see if during these rest days we can quickly get Modric back".
"You know what I think and we've talked about it many times: there are lots of games. We're going to play the games that we have to play. The club has always known how to handle things well and we will continue to do so. We have to be ready to play the games we have to play".
"You lot make me laugh, in a nice way. If I do make rotations, you ask me why I make rotations, and if I don't make them, you ask me why I don't. I have to do what I want to do with my players, and all of them are going to be involved. It's true that the team is playing very well lately and we have made less changes. We're training very well and the important thing is to stick at it because we've got a lot of games from now until the end of the season. They have to be focussed so that when it is their turn to play, they're ready. But I’ll need all of them, I'm sure about that".
Different treatment
"There's a lot of talk when there's a controversial moment in a match, that's part of being at Real Madrid. But I don't pay any attention to that, we're only interested in tomorrow's game. It's very important and we have to be focused. We want to keep this run going, we're going for the three points".

I'm really happy with everyone, we want to keep going in this direction.

"We know how difficult this league is. At Atlético they're going to say the same thing, there’re a lot of teams that can win it. That's the beauty of this competition, you always have to fight and there'll be a lot of teams at the end who want to win it".
Opposition defence
"When you play against a side who looks to defend, it's more difficult. With a side who play more open, that looks to attack, you have more space. You have to be patient with teams that sit in deep. But they're a team that knows how to play, we will see how we tackle it, if they attack or if they sit deep".
Benzema's performances
"He's in great form. He's done well and has been great lately. What's to come could be even better. That's what we want for the team and for him. His drive as a player is also important".
"It's not been easy psychologically, but he looks very good to me. Especially down to how he trains, he's consistent. We have to be patient, he's happy, which is the most important thing".
Isco's situation
"The important thing is that he recovers from his injury, he got a knock. I always look forward to seeing him, he's a special player. It's not easy, because he wants to play and can't, that's the situation today. I'm very happy with everyone, we want to carry on in this direction".
"The important thing is that I believe in him. He's a talented player, both for now and the future. The team’s playing well, everyone is. In the last few games he hasn't played much, but he's working hard, like everyone else".
The return of Casillas
"We know what he's about and what he's done for Real Madrid. It's good news for everyone. I'm happy for him and for the club, it's great news".
"The most important thing for us is that the club knows what needs doing. We're going to concentrate on what we can do. We have to focus on that, on the games we have to play. I'm not going to go in there and talk about things that aren't real yet".