Doing a bit of catch up here. As I mentioned in last night’s driveby, Lukita, Sergio & James joined the team yesterday.
The ‘Peez was on hand to greet them along with their teammates.
And they got right back to training.
There was also a training session today and the focus was on the returnees.
And Zizou gave a presser.
Zidane: “It’s the first game and we want to start well”
by Alberto Navarro (Columbus)
“The players have had ten fantastic days and I’m pleased with the work we’ve done so far”, he said in the press room at the Columbus Crew Stadium.
Zinedine Zidane appeared before the media in the press room at the Columbus Crew Stadium on the day before his team’s first pre-season clash. The coach of the European champions discussed the match against PSG: “It’s the first match and we want to start well. Everyone will play because they’ve worked really well over the last ten days. We want to give some minutes to everyone so they’ll all get their chance. I don’t know who is going to play the first or second half. What is certain, is that we’re going to play with two up top”.
“I am pleased with the work we’ve done so far. We came here to work and we’ve worked really well, in some great facilities. The players have had a fantastic week and now the games are starting, so we’re happy. James, Ramos and Modric won’t play against PSG”.
“We have to prepare well for the season and we’re working hard. The Euros finished late and we’re not going to take any risks. I want the players to be at 100% when they come back. We’ve got a big enough squad to be able to replace people. We’re always going to put the best team out. We’ve got an important game on the 9th and we have the players to play a good game in the European Super Cup”.
The difference between winning trophies as a player and as a coach
“It’s completely different. Winning as a manager is the ultimate for me, even more so with this club where I have spent my whole life. I’ve done big things here as a player and now I’m trying to do my very best to make sure this club keeps on winning.
“It’s difficult to improve on the squad because we became champions of Europe with these players.”
“You can always improve a squad, but it’s difficult for this team to improve because the best footballers are always here and we became champions of Europe with these players. In football there are always good players elsewhere. You can always make improvements to any squad. There’s always a player who can make the team better”.
“He’s a Real Madrid player. We’ve got this squad, and with it we won the European Cup. He’s a Real Madrid player and he’s going to stay here”.
“We’re working at the moment but I can’t tell you anything. Anything can happen until the 31st of August, but today he is not a Real Madrid player and we can’t talk about what might happen. We’ve just got Ramos, Modric and James back and that’s all we’re thinking about”.
“I’m always straightforward, but now is not the time to talk about this. Every club is interested in Pogba. Real Madrid always want the best players. We must respect the fact he’s a Juventus player and I can’t tell you anything more on the subject”.
First time in Columbus
“It’s something the club has been planning for a while. We’re pleased we could visit Canada for ten days of work and now the friendlies begin. We’re really happy to be here and we’ve got fans all over the place, that much was obvious when we arrived”.
And the starting XI will be:
Casilla,Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kovacic, Lucas Vázquez, Jesé, Morata, Isco and Danilo.
Yikes! Barack has started speaking – gotta run and watch!