Zinedine Zidane press conference before Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Big News: Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are both on course to start for the UEFA Champions League match of Real Madrid vs Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Zinedine Zidane attended a pre-match press conference before the important clash. Zidane claimed that both players will be examined in their final training session but he expects Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and striker Karim Benzema to be fit enough to start.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema picked up injuries in Real Madrid’s last two La Liga matches.
“The idea is that we want Karim and Cristiano to play. We have the last training session now and we’ll see. I think they’ll be fine but we’ll test everything.They’re fine today – they’re players who look after themselves physically, 100%. I think they’ll be fine to play.” said Zinedine Zidane.
About the match, Zidane praised Manchester City team especially the inform player Kevin De Bruyne,“The opponent is a great side – if you leave City space they can hurt you. The players get between the lines and cause you problems. We will try to stop that happening. Then, when we’ve got the ball we want to express ourselves. That’s the plan.
“Plan to stop De Bruyne? We’ll try to do that. We now he’s a top player in good form. When he arrived in this team he showed what a quality player he is. He links very well with Aguero, we’ll see what happens tomorrow – we’ll try to be play him as well as we can.”
Zidane went on to claim that Manchester City will be a tough challenge but Real Madrid is ready to face them, “We’ll do the best we possibly can here in this ground. City will put us under pressure and make things hard for us but we’re ready for that.”
Gareth Bale was sitting alongside Zidane in the press conference, Bale also believes that the clash will be tough to win for Real Madrid “We know it’s going to be difficult but it will be an exciting game for everyone to watch.First legs are always a bit tense and cagey but we’ll give our best and hopefully it’ll be enough.”
He added that there are no weak teams in UEFA Champions League, “I think no matter who you face in the semi, they’re here on merit. You don’t get to the semi-final by luck. All of the teams are equally as hard.”
“If anything, I’m surprised City didn’t get here earlier. They’re a club who’ve progressed and have become a force in the Premier League. They’ve done very well to this moment and hopefully now we can stop them.”