Zinedine Zidane, Eden Hazard and the Real Madrid team are not just ready for PSG, they are motivated.
In the build-up to PSG vs Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane conducted his pre-match press conference reported by AS, Zidane addressed just how ready he and his team are to play in the Champions League.
This is Zidane’s favorite trophy. He won it once as a player and three times in succession as a manager.
“We are happy to start another competition. We know that we have a difficult opponent, what we have to do, but we are ready for that.”
“We expect a lot from both teams and every time we play, but it is the beginning of the season.”
“We have made a good start to the season, but of course it can be better. We must improve at all levels.”
When asked about Hazard fitness and potential impact, he added:
“You will see him tomorrow, but I think so. In the end, he has had more training with the team, he is ready to play.”
I’ve always thought that he is decisive. He can make a difference. And he wants to prove that. He will be very important in Madrid. His future will be formidable.”
He confirmed his faith in Hazard and the player’s drive, he continued:
“More than frustration what he has is motivation. We know that you always have to be good here. He has quality to live up to and you will see what he does.”
When asked about James Rodriguez, Zidane added:
“He can play in many positions, but the higher up the pitch, the easier he has it. Tomorrow we will see.”
“The important thing is that he is doing well and he is. Positions can change a lot with me.”
Karim Benzema is a favorite of Zidane’s and the manager was sure to acknowledge his potential impact.
“It has always been a bit difficult for Karim but he has shown the player that he is. They always think of Karim as a player who scores goals, but he is not only that.”
“He is scoring more, he is very decisive but it is not most important thing. He’s a team player and I’m more interested in that.”
He’s a fantastic player.”
Zidane thinks that PSG is one of the favorites to win the Champions League, and was not expecting any easier task due to their injury and suspension woes, with Neymar, Cavani, and Mbappe all out.
“They are a team that always performs, although they do not always get the expected results.”
“They are leaders in their league despite the injuries.”
“Of course they are better with Cavani, Mbappé and Neymar, but they are also a great team without them.”