Zidane spoke at the press conference preceding his team’s match against Celta Vigo tomorrow, Saturday, in the 17th round of the Spanish League.
Zidane said, “I hope 2021 will be a happy year, and I direct my support to people who live in difficult times and I send them a strong hug. I hope 2021 is better for everyone, and I also send all my support to Eusebio (Sacristan), I hope he will recover from what he is going through.”
Eusebio Sacristian, a Barcelona legend and the former coach of Real Sociedad and Girona, is in the hospital in serious condition after falling on the head at his home, forcing doctors to put him in an artificial coma.
Zidane turned to talking about facing Celta: “In order to defeat Celta, we have to advance a big game and play well, they have won 6 of the last 7 games, they will complicate the situation for us. It is an opportunity to prove our level, we have to suffer in order to collect points, we saw what happened.” In front of Elche. ”
He also stressed his desire for the continuation of the trio Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vasquez, whose contracts expire at the end of the season: “I want all the players to continue, and I want the renewal to be done as soon as possible, it is everyone’s desire and this is in our interest, I hope the matter will be settled quickly.”
And whether Atletico Madrid was a candidate to win the title, Zizou replied: “The league leaders have the advantage, and nothing more. We will continue to focus on our matches.”
He stressed: “I do not think that the Spanish League is in the hands of Atletico Madrid, the competition is open and this is what distinguishes it. There is a lot of talk about Atletico Madrid because it is the leader, but the competition will be open.”
Regarding the reports indicating that Real Madrid are close to settling the deal of David Alaba, Bayern Munich player, Zidane said: “My thinking is focused on tomorrow’s match and on the players who are here. We have a list that is too big to think of other players.”
He also commented on the situation of his player Luka Jovic, who has not played much recently: “Jovic is a player at Real Madrid, I will count on all the players, in one minute many things can change.”
He praised Iago Aspas, Celta Vigo striker and league top scorer: “Aspas is an amazing and international player. He has always proven that. He is very special and makes a difference, and he is a key player for everyone.”
He wished good to his player Eden Hazard: “We hope that 2021 will be the year of Hazard. He has come to us to prove his quality. We trust in his abilities. He has gone through difficult periods, and gradually we will see him with us.”
When asked about the burden of coaching Real Madrid, he added: “Training Real Madrid is a wonderful job, I am lucky to be able to say that I am a coach for Real Madrid, I cannot know how long I will continue. My interest is only today. I care. I don’t know what will happen in a week’s time, so every moment must be used. ”
He also revealed his sporting wish for 2021: “I hope that none of my players will be injured, and that we continue our work that we do and try to win titles at the end of the season.”
He concluded: “Marcelo is with us and will remain with us. He trains well and is part of the team. We do not want to listen to what is said outside.”
Real Madrid stumbled in a draw against host Elche two days ago, with a goal for each side, only to raise its score to 33 points in second place, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, the owner of the two fewer matches.