Zidane: "San Mamés is a difficult field but we are ready to play a great game"

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NEWS | 07/04/2020

"We are on the right track, there are five games left and we will try to continue like this," explained the coach.

Zinedine Zidane He appeared before the media at a telematic press conference the day before the game against Athletic in San Mamés (Sunday, 2:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga): “It is another game with great difficulty. San Mamés is a difficult field for all teams and we know the situation. We are going to have to play a great game and we are ready to do it. ”

"With few games left, and playing every three days, you need a lot of concentration in everything you do: recovery, physical, in what we do in training … These are details at the end. We are fine, I am enjoying every day training these players. We know we have another difficult game and all our energy is for tomorrow's game. The League is strong and will remain so until the end. We are on the right track but this is not over. We have five games left and we will try to continue like this ”.


"He's been having trouble these past few days and we don't want to risk anything and he is the first. Hopefully it is little and we can see him with us before the end of the League. I hope it happens quickly. It is day to day, also for the issue of inconvenience. We know it is a strong blow and nothing else. We are with the doctors and physios and there are very competent people for that. It is a coup and it is a matter of days ”.

His relationship with the Belgian

“The worst thing for me is that a player cannot do his job on the field due to injury. There are many people here who help the player. It is his first year here and he wants to help the team and when he cannot do it he is not happy. I don't think he's afraid of injuring himself again. What he wants is to play. It is a problem for him and for everyone because we love him 100% and that nothing happens to him. I hope that soon it will come out of that. ”


"I see him well, he's in good spirits and he's thinking about tomorrow's game."


“It is a constant pressure at Real Madrid, but it is good to live with the pressure, it makes this club great. You live it as a coach now and before as a player. But that pressure leads you to do good things. ”

There is no euphoria, just work and commitment to try to win every game.

"Courtois He is showing that he is a great goalkeeper. Everyone has their opinion on whether it is the best. We have Courtois and we are happy. Your data is impressive. I am happy for him because we are all committed to what we do with the team and he is our goalkeeper. ”


"I don't know if it will affect or not. The training sessions yesterday and today have been done later and closer to the time we are going to play tomorrow. Nothing changes for us. Then we will see in the match, but we are focused to play at two tomorrow. ”


"I confirm that the important ones are the players. We all are, each on his own plot. They are the ones who fight, they train… the group is always the most important thing ”.


“He has just arrived this year and to reach the level of Ramos and Varane he is in it. He is working, he wants to do it well and tomorrow he will have to play. I am happy with him because he is a player for the present and future. ”

Avoid signs of euphoria

“The players know that it is a difficult, complicated and long competition. From what they did during confinement they have shown that they want to go for everything. Here there is no euphoria because we have not won anything. Just work, commitment and trying to do it well every day to win the games. ”


“He is a player who is changing little by little, working hard. He is a good boy and we take advantage of his qualities ”.

Varane Fitness

"He will not play as a precaution but he is much better. I don't want to take any risks with him, he has played a lot and a little rest doesn't hurt. ”

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