Ready To Meet Leganés

20 Feb

Hope everyone in the US had a nice long holiday weekend (and saw Black Panther – because it was AWESOME!) 


I missed Sunday’s goalfest as I was at a watishista baby shower but I’m pleased we managed to pull off the win (not so excited that we let three goals through though! The team had their final training session before tomorrow’s match against Leganés.  This was a make up match that was postponed so that we could participate in the Club World Cup.  Toni and Vallejo continued their recoveries. We have two other injured players (Argh). Both Marcelo and Lukita have been diagnosed with muscle injuries. (Video)



Zidane: “We want to keep this good run going”
by Javier Garcia | Photographer: Angel Martinez

“LaLiga is very important and we have to finish as high as possible”, added the coach.

Zidane appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City after leading the last training session before the game against Leganés (Wednesday, 6:45pm CET). The Whites’ coach analysed the trip to Butarque: “We’re playing well at the minute, we’re showing what we can do and we want to continue with our good run. It’s what we try to prepare for every week”.

“We’ve got another match tomorrow and we want to have the same concentration and intensity to carry on with what we’re doing. We’re totally focused on tomorrow because there are three points at stake against Leganés”.

Good run
“The message is always the same, but there are many factors that come into play. We know that everything is important to us. The Champions League and LaLiga, because it’s very important to finish as high as possible. We want to have continuity and we’re doing much better lately. The second half against Betis was phenomenal. It’s what will guide us to achieve good things this year. We have another game tomorrow and hopefully we can win again”.

“He’s an important player who can make a difference. He’s very young and has not reached his peak. He can progress a lot more and he’s a vital player like many other in this team. I hope he keeps playing like this because it’s good for us. All my players are at the same level in my eyes, everyone is important. Everyone has his qualities but they are all important”.

“Modric had a set back with his hip. He didn’t train with us today and we’re hoping he’ll be back with us shortly. I think it’s only a little problem, I have faith in all the people who work here, in the physios and doctors, hopefully it’s nothing serious and he’ll be back with us soon”.

“I always believe, I’m a positive person. It upsets me to see three or four players out. I don’t like to see injured players, I hope it’s nothing. Let’s see if it’s four or five days, if it’s seven … I hope it’s not serious”.

“Cristiano has been playing 60 or 70 games for 10 years. He doesn’t stop. There comes a moment when it’s necessary for everyone to not play from time to time. He’s better doing it this way and of course we talk about it”.

The second halves
“There’s never been a physical problem. The players are like Formula 1 cars and they’re prepared. Other things are involved. When you lower your intensity and concentration, anything can happen. Lately we’re doing much better. Consistency is the most difficult thing in football”.

“He’s trying to do his best. There’s a lot of talk about one player or another but the important thing is to realise that the team is the most important thing and for everyone to give their all”.

The plan
“The important thing for me is being ready to play. What interests me is not the plan but how we prepare. It’s also important to see what the best option is to counteract the opponent’s style”.

“When answering the same there seems to be some doubt, but until I get tired of this job, I’ll continue. I’m fine here and I’m going to fight. It’s the day to day work what’s important and it’s the same with a long contract or a short one. I’ll always fight to be here. I enjoy every day. It takes it out of you but I’m very young. I’m not 75 years old and able to say that I’m tired of training. I’m 45 years old and I’m in good shape to train”.

Physical wear
“When niggles creep in, it could be down to tiredness. But to keep up with it, you have to keep playing the games, continue with this intensity and play every three days. It’s positive for us. It was like this last year and we know that when you win playing every few days you’re more optimistic. We need to put in good performances for the full 90 minutes”.


Cris has been nominated for the Quinas de Oro award which is given to the best Portuguese player of the year. The other nominees are Rui Patricio and Bernardo Silva. The winner will be announced on March 19.


– Lozil

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