Zinedine Zidane he returns to the Champions League, a competition he won in the three courses he spent during his first stage at the helm of Real Madrid. Although Marseille has established the League as a primary objective for this season, the continental tournament is the fetish of the whites, who after the blow that led to the elimination at the hands of Ajax last season, aim to reunite with European glory.
A road whose first stop is the Park of the Princes, where on Wednesday they will be measured at PSG. «We are happy to start another competition. We know that he is a complicated opponent against whom we play tomorrow but we are ready for that, ”said the Marseillaise on the eve of the duel against the Parisians. A press conference in which he emphasized that “everything that Real Madrid does is important. Today is this last training and tomorrow's match that is a Champions match ».
The Park of the Princes will foreseeably see the premiere of Eden Hazard as a Real Madrid player in Europe, after doing so last Saturday in the League against Levante, although Zidane did not confirm whether he will jump from the start to the green after returning from an injury that had a Month apart from the playing fields. "You'll see him tomorrow," he replied with the mythical phrase that smiled again in the press room. "He's prepared. We have had more training and are ready to play, ”he said about crack.
Although the preseason did not show the best version of Hazard or the rest of the team, Zidane is excited to have the former Chelsea at his command, although he avoided comparing him with Cristiano Ronaldo, whose banner picks up a year after the escape of the Portuguese to Juventus. «I have always thought that he is a decisive player, that he can make a difference. I don't want to compare because I don't like it, but I think he will be a very important player in Real Madrid and his future will be formidable ». And he stressed that the Belgian arrives hungry. «More than frustration is determination. He knows where he is, it is an ambitious club of ours. He has the character and personality to live up to. You have to leave him alone, let him work and then you will see what he does.
Zidane, who said Real Madrid is making "a good start to the season," nevertheless acknowledged that there is room for improvement after two wins and as many draws in the League. «We can and should improve, at all levels. In the case of PSG, the same, ”he said.
He referred to Benzema, after Thomas Tuchel said that the battering ram, who arrives on a streak at the Princes' Park after signing four targets in as many games as he goes on the field, is "undervalued." “It has always been a bit difficult for Karim, but he has always proved the player he is. You always think about the player who scores, but Karim is not just that. He is a team player and it shows every game. I'm more interested in that. He is a fantastic player, ”said Zizou, who considers him essential. «I always want it on my team».
Admiration and respect for Keylor
He spoke of the PSG, a group that worries him for many notable losses he has for Wednesday's duel. “It's a great team that always performs, although sometimes it doesn't have the expected results. He leads the league and now begins a new competition. With Cavani, Mbappé and Neymar are better, but it is at a very high level even if it is without these three ». The lack of the gala trident gives options to Icardi, of which Zidane recalled that "it is very good" and that "makes a difference."
He praised James Rodriguez again, who completed a great game against Levante as a midfielder. “He can play in many positions on the field, but it is true that the later, the easier he has. Tomorrow's game will see how we are going to play. The important thing is that it is fine, and it is fine. The position in the field can then change, especially with me, ”he said of the coffee grower, with whom he has made a blur and has a new account after a first stage marked by the distance between them.
He also referred to Keylor Navas, who will be reunited with the team he helped decisively in the conquest of three Champions without a brake, and the adaptation of his substitute at Real Madrid, Alphonse Areola. «I will Keylor, after tomorrow's game, wish him well. I have a lot of admiration and respect for what he has done with Madrid. He knows. In the case of Alphonse, we are happy to have him because he is a great goalkeeper. Work well and you will have the possibility to play, ”he said of both.
What is missing from the PSG to make the quality leap also in the Champions League? “It's a team that is always improving, it's a great team, a great club, but winning the Champions League is not an easy thing. It is a team that can win every year. They are doing it, they are improving »
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