LONDON – Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach, did not ensure his presence in the next edition of the Champions League on the Madrid bench, after being eliminated in the semifinals by Chelsea, and focused on fighting LaLiga Santander stating that “the rest will be later.”
“I’m sure Real Madrid will always fight for the Champions League, I’m not in it, just at the end of the season because there are four league games to go. The rest will be later,” he answered at a press conference at Stamford Bridge after being asked. for its continuity.
Zidane defended the position of the Brazilian Vinicius Junior as a winger and recognized the inferiority of his team against Chelsea. “Today’s position was different from how Vini plays but, playing with three behind, you had to play with two lanes and he could do it. He already played there against Getafe, he is a player who can do it and he has done it well.” , defended.
“We have tried, but Chelsea have been superior and we must congratulate them. Also my players for what they have done in the Champions League, it has not been easy but I am very proud of them. They have tried but it has not been possible, we have played against a team that has been better, “he added.
Conditioned by the state of his players, the French coach admitted that he has been the victim of “a year with many injuries and ups and downs”, which, he explained, gives more merit to having reached the semifinals of the ‘Champions’.
“It is what we have had to do, but even so we have done good things this Champions League to stay one step away from the final. Today, Chelsea has been better, but it does not change anything we did. We have to rest and think about the game that we have left in the League, “he said.
As happened in the first leg, Zidane’s tactical bet did not change at any time, tracing that of Chelsea with three centrals. He acknowledged that he did not have the result he expected.
“The drawing has been very clear, we played with three backs and two lanes like many games we have played like this. It has not gone well for us because we have lost many duels and we have lacked something. We have tried but they are demanding games. We have started with Sometimes, if we got to score a goal it could change but it has been the other way around. The whole game has been complicated because they have had chances to score goals and they have deserved it, “he analyzed.
Asked by Eden Hazard, Zidane pointed out that he needs to play games to get back to Chelsea’s level. “With continuity, Eden has to play, regain his confidence. Playing little by little he will do it, it is his second game in a row and you have to get him back by playing.”
The Madrid coach assured that “there is no need to look for excuses” and from now on asked his team to think about the options to win the League. “We lacked a bit of gasoline at the end of the game,” he confessed. “The start of the game was good, they score us a goal that can change things emotionally. We missed a lot of things.”
“Now there are four league games left, we have to rest well because we are in the fight. Getting here has been a very good Champions League and now we are not going to throw in the towel, we are going to finish the season in the best possible way.”