Real Madrid will face Borussia Monchengladbach at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Wednesday night and need at least a draw to advance; although securing just a point would leave them open still being eliminated.
The team as a whole and the coach, Zinedine Zidane are under huge pressure and the legend is well aware of that. But, he is confident and focused on the clash.
He shared his opinion with the press.
Here are the excerpts:
Importance of the game against Monchengladbach
Yes, tomorrow’s game is really important. We know we want to win and top the group. That’s all we’re thinking about. Tomorrow is a good chance for us to show what we can do as a team.
I don’t think about anything else other than winning. Everyone else is talking about it. But we’re just focused on the game. We’re used to these big games in the Champions League. It won’t be easy, we need to play well. And be happy afterward with our performance.
The pressure on him
I don’t see it like that. We need to show what we can do and try and win the game tomorrow. We are just thinking about getting through. I’m not thinking about other things. We’re thinking about playing a great game and getting all three points.
Best performances have come against Milan, Barcelona, and against Sevilla. Is that the effect of the pressure?
It’s a bit of everything. I don’t have time to explain it all here. But the players always try and do their best. There are a lot of factors.
We know the situation. You’re talking about Barcelona, Milan, and Sevilla, but the main thing for us is to focus on tomorrow’s game. And when we’re together, defending all together, we know we can play well.
On slipping to the Europa League
I’m not thinking about that. We’re playing a Champions League game and we want to go through. That’s all we’re thinking about. You can think or opine, but we’re focused on the game.
About getting sacked if he does not succeed tomorrow
The club will do what it has to. I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about doing the best possible with my players.
What happened in the past is in the past. Tomorrow is a game to show what we can do. I’m sure we’ll have a great game tomorrow.
On Borussia Monchengladbach
Our rivals are a good team; they defend well, attack well. Good on the counter. They are physically strong.
But we’re going to prepare, taking them into account, but really thinking about what we want to do on the pitch.
Other game in the group
We’re focused on our game. We know there’s another game. But we’re focused on our game. We’re only thinking about that.
On Fede Valverde
Fede is better but he’s not back with the team yet, but he’s improving. He’s had a tough injury but he’s getting better.