The new Real Madrid coach is confident about his first El Clásico as a boss.
Football legend and Blanco manager Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press on Friday to preview his debut derby against Barcelona on Saturday at Camp Nou. The Frenchman looked confident in his team, and while he has ton of respect for the opposition, he is not afraid of Barça and has a game plan to win in the Catalan capital.
Here is a few quotes from Zidane:
"We have to keep doing as we have been recently. We are doing well, we’re in a good moment and we have to make the most of this. We have to keep growing as a team. We are a team with a lot of personality. We will prepare for the game in the best way possible because we are coming into this strongly, in every sense of the word".
"We are here to try to win every game. We have prepared well all week, despite some players being away due to international commitments. There are three points to be won in this game and we will do everything we can to get the win there".
The Clásico like an exam
"it's not an exam. We have a good dynamic, we have been doing well recently and we are continuing with our work. It is one game more, an important game. These games are always different. What people want to see is a good game and what I want to see is my team doing what they have been doing recently. I, personally, will have the luck of being as close to the game as possible".
"I'm not going to say who is going to play. I don't think about rotation. The most important thing is tomorrow's game. One team will play tomorrow and then later on we will see who plays on Wednesday. I'm going to field the team that I see as the best option tomorrow. We will have rotations in any case, as we always do, up to the end of the season".
"I'm going to sleep well tonight. It is a football match and what we have to do is to think that way. We have to enjoy playing against good players and measure up to Barcelona. I will enjoy tomorrow for the first time as a coach".
A Confident Barcelona
"it doesn't bother me at all, we are going to play the game using all of our concentration. People can think whatever they want, but I don't think it will be easy to beat Real Madrid. I want to see a good game of football and see my team win".