Things were not okay for Real Madrid when they faced Inter at the historic San Siro. Their performance was not up to the mark, injuries dominated and Zidane was under pressure. During such a tough time, unity and a lot of self-belief are needed. After the match, the Real Madrid players showed that they are with Zidane and still believe in him.
Real Madrid have had their problems this season, but Zinedine Zidane is confident that they’ll find their rhythm sooner or later and isn’t overly concerned by their early-season struggles.
Back-to-back Champions League wins over Inter have them nicely positioned to qualify from their group now, but the Spanish champions sit fourth in LaLiga Santander ahead of taking on Alaves this Saturday.
Zidane, cool as ever, was quizzed about his approach and how he manages to stay positive during his pre-match press, which has been published in Marca.
He said, “You have to believe in yourself and in your work. The players believe [in it] too. I’m very positive. I’m in a privileged position and, in the end; the sun always comes out [after a storm]. That’s life. With the quality we have, we’re going to have good results. We’re going to have more difficult moments, but we’ll try to move on.”
Zidane knows that teams raise their level when they come up against Real Madrid and, consequently, they always need to be at their very best to compete.
“Teams come out more than fully charged against Madrid,” Zidane said. “We have to be at 150 percent to stand a chance of winning. But if we’re at the same level as them, then our quality can make a difference.”
Los Blancos’ ups and downs aren’t anything to do with an attitude problem, according to the boss. Instead, he sees them as par for the course in elite football.
“It’s not an attitude problem. This is football, and sometimes we can have difficulties that we can’t understand. But consistency in football is the most difficult thing, and we have to work to achieve it every day. There’s not a lot of time, but that’s what we want.”
From the outside looking in, the most recent win over Inter has been seen as something that could take some pressure off the side, but the Frenchman doesn’t see it that way.
“It’s not that liberation]. It won’t change the fact that things will be said about the team. We have to put up with this and we have to keep giving our best until the very end.”
Changes were made out of necessity in Milan on Wednesday, but Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez, in particular, impressed at Inter.
“Everyone can play, and that’s a good thing. We want that solidity that we had in Milan, but there have been other games in which we have been very good. We have to think about what we’re doing well. It [the Alaves game] is another final. Alaves are going to make it difficult for us and there are three points to play for.”
Once again, the Spanish champions come into this weekend’s game with injury problems and Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, and Dani Carvajal are all to miss out.
“Carva has something wrong. He has discomfort. Karim’s situation has lasted longer than we had thought it would, but the important thing is that he’s well. The feelings around Sergio are good.”
Martin Odegaard is another of the players who did well at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, and the coach has been pleased with his contribution so far.
“Little by little he’s showing that he’s a good player. What matters to me is what we do as a team though. If we do things together, then it’s hard for teams to beat us.”