The team had their final session before traveling tomorrow to meet Levante at the Ciudad de Valencia.
G-Money’s return to training was the big news today and he scored a tasty little goal during the session as well. The Pips were called up for training (and the match!) while Marcelo, Lukita and Benz remained indoors. Karim has been diagnosed with muscle injury to his right biceps femoris. Do. Not. Like. Also do not like that Luka is injured. Grrrrr!
Zidane: “My main interest is moving forward together”
by Alberto Navarro | Photographer: Helios de la Rubia
“Levante are going to go out and give their all, but we’re ready to play our game”, added the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room of the Real Madrid City the day before the La Liga match against Levante. The Whites coach analysed the game against the team from Valencia: “Levante are going to go out and give their all, but we’re ready to play our game. My main interest is moving forward together. We’re all in the same boat and no one wants out. Whilever I’m the coach, we will always fight. We’re only concentrating on doing the best we can and winning”.
“Levante are going to go out as always. They’re going to try and do their best and bother Real Madrid. We must be prepared to play our game, as always and to try to win. I’m only thinking about the game. We are the players and the people responsible and we’re going to try to do well”.
Conclusions after the derby
“We didn’t expect to lose the derby, but that’s now in the past. We have to look at what’s ahead. You can lose games. We lost against a team who played better and what you have to analyse is what we have to do so it doesn’t happen again. We’ll all analyse this together”.
“The coach must speak to the players after the game, together and then later individually. He spoke to me and to everyone. It’s now in the past. We know how important Ronaldo is and we’re all with him. Everything is fixed and the most important thing is what’s coming up. We’re going to take it forward together. From the inside, not from the outside”.
“The most important thing is today and I’m very happy, working and improving every day. When I arrived everything was nice, now we lose a game and everything is dark. My interest is to work with the group and I know we’re going to move things forward. Nothing else worries me. I don’t know what will happen in three months”.
“We’re only thinking about giving our best and we have the obligations to do so for our fans.”
“We’re focused on what’s coming up. Things have happened, and they always do in this club. The most important thing is to be together, united and think about tomorrow’s game. At the end of the season there may or may not be changes, but we’re only thinking about giving our best and we have the obligations to do so for our fans”.
“I’ve spoken with him, he’s doing his work and trying to give the most. They train well but sometimes things don’t work out. We can’t blame anyone, I’m not blaming him. He needs more consistency, like the whole team. I only ask that they give 100%. Then in a game, anything can happen. We’re all in the same boat, and I’m the first in. We need to find solutions so that James, Pepe, Cristiano, Benzema…play better”.
“We’re in good physical shape, but the defeat in the derby wasn’t a result of fitness. Atlético running more is only a statistic. Physically we’re good, I spoke about having to win the 50-50s and win duels. If you lose more 50-50 duels than your opponent you’re surely going to lose the game. We’re good physically and we will improve. We have to try and make sure that it doesn’t happen again”.
Praises for Mayoral
“He’s ready to play against Levante. I loved his performance in the derby, he played with personality. It’s an important time for him, he’s doing very well and he deserves to be with us. Tomorrow you will see if he’s going to play against Levante”.
Maintain the motivation
“The message that I transmit to the players is that we must concentrate on each game, give our best and try to win. We’re currently third, we want to be second, and if we’re second, we’ll try to go further and get closer to first”.
“He trained with us, it’s his first session with us. He’s got no pain and I’m happy with that. He’s a fundamental player for Real Madrid and I prefer it that he is with us. When he’s ready it’ll be harder to pick the team, but I like the fact that he’s with us”.
Modric and the injuries
“He’ll not be ready for tomorrow. He got a heavy knock on the foot. I don’t think we’ll have too many injuries. In a season, there are always injuries. I’m only thinking positively and we’ll soon have our injured players back. That’s the most important thing for me”.
The European Championship in France
“I want it to be a party for everyone in the world and I want to see beautiful football and beautiful games between big teams so that the fans can enjoy it. From a personal point of view I want France to go as far as possible”.
The following players were called up for the match:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Nacho, Danilo and Álvaro Tejero.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Isco, Odegaard and Marcos Llorente.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucas Vázquez, Jesé and Borja Mayoral.
Here’s a video of Cristiano’s goals away against Levante: