Zinedine Zidane appeared in the previous duel that will measure this Saturday to Real Madrid with Eibar in Ipurua. A clash to which whites arrive with good sensations after the win at the Galatasaray in the Champions League but with the challenge of transferring that image to the League in a field in which they fell last year with a crash. «All matches are complicated. Maybe in Eibar it may be that more because it is a field very different from others, smaller. We know the difficulty but in this League there are no easy games. We are prepared to make a good game knowing the rival, ”said the coach, who was questioned by the anger at the Paris Saint-Germain on account of his statements about the future of Kylian Mbappé and his intended yearning to wear white one day. «I just said what the player said, that it was his dream one day to play here».
Zidane's words did not sit well in the dome of the PSG, whose sports director, Leonardo, accused the Marseillaise of trying to destabilize the French prodigy. «I simply said what he said one day, that his dream would be to wear the Real Madrid shirt. I will say it again and I would say it every day», The coach insisted, harassed questions about Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, recovering both of the physical mishaps that have kept them off the pitch in recent weeks but convened with their respective national teams.
Some questions that motivated the coach's anger, surprised that the informants did not understand that the fact that the Welshman and the Colombian are not currently injured does not mean that they are in a position to play immediately. «Not available to play, not injured. With the selection they will go, I don't have to do anything. They have five or six days and see if they are ready to play or not, ”said Zidane, who insisted:“ They are not ready to play tomorrow. They have not trained with the team. A player who does not train with the team is not available, ”he said at a tense moment of the press conference in which he had to clarify that the fact that they do not travel to Eibar" is not a technical decision. "
«Bale and James are not ready to play tomorrow. They have not trained with the team. A player who does not train with the team is not available »
Bale and James are the main protagonists of this new international break, especially the Welshman, who has not played with his team since he was injured in front of Croatia on October 13. Commitments that have taken their toll on whites so far this season. «I hope nothing happens. It is true that many things have happened in the last calls. I hope that nothing is going to happen, that when they return we will have them available to everyone, ”Zidane wished, relieved after the tests carried out on Marcelo after the Brazilian had to retire with discomfort in the game against Galatasaray but without explaining what happens with the side. «I'm not going to say what he has because I don't have permission, but I know it's a small thing. We are a little calmer with Marcelo, ”he said.
Valverde and Rodrygo
He had words for Valverde and Rodrygo, the fashionable boys in the 'white house' for their great performances in the last meetings. «I'm not surprised. Are there for that. Each player wants to demonstrate and every time he has the chance they do it. It's what the two have done lately, ”he said of the Uruguayan and the Brazilian. The latter, author of a 'hat-trick' in the Champions League, has won a place in the eleven with his effectiveness and impudence, but Zidane does not believe that this means that he can no longer sit down. «We are 25 players and I have 25 holders. Every game I have to choose and that is what I will always do, ”he said.
He valued Zidane the four games Consecutive that Real Madrid has not conceded, his best run since the start of the 2015-2016 season. “The goal to zero means that the whole team works for that, not just the defense. Every game is a world and we have to repeat and try to score goals. This is what we are going to do tomorrow, ”he said.
«Modric's role is going to be important. It is true that he has had discomfort that has prevented him from playing regularly, but Modric is Modric »
Defended that Modric will continue to have a leading role, despite the fact that Valverde's injuries and hatching have placed the Croatian in a difficult situation, with only 30% of the minutes during the season. «Modric's role is going to be important. It is true that he has had discomfort that has prevented him from playing regularly, but Modric is Modric. We will see later what we are going to do, but we need Modric ».
He praised for the umpteenth time to Benzema, maximum white gunner and will continue to work in Valdebebas during the break since Didier Deschamps has banned him with the 'bleus'. «He has always wanted to play with the French national team. What happens there I don't know. If you ask me, football is the best, so it would have a place in the French national team. We cannot control the rest, but footballistically there is no doubt, ”he said of the Leonese.
And he also referred to the fact that the Spanish Super Cup is disputed in Saudi Arabia, controversial decision for being a country that discriminates against women. «We are here to play. The Federation has made the decision and we will respect that. We have to think only of playing, nothing more, ”he said.
Vinicius enters the call, from which Jovic falls
The return of Vinicius and the absence of Jovic are the main novelties in Zidane's list for the visit to Ipurua. The Brazilian, who was not part of the call for the Champions match against Galatasaray, is on the list of 19 cited by the coach for the match against Eibar, from which the Serbian falls instead for the first time in what is going on because of a small muscle problem.
An expedition in which the Malaga Brahim sneaks in, habitual discard of Zidane, but not Mariano, condemned to ostracism by the French, who again left out Odriozola by technical decision. Asensio, Nacho and Marcelo are injured due to injury, while James and Bale continue their recovery work and will not travel to Eibar.
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