The coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, has ensured that the British Gareth Bale “preferred not to play” the match of return of the knockout stages of the Champions League this Friday before the Manchester City, although he has stated that he has “a respectful relationship” with him, and has stated that they are “focused” on overcoming the “disadvantage” in the “final” against Pep Guardiola’s.
“Many things are said, we have a relationship of respect from player to coach. He has preferred not to play. The rest is between him and me“he declared at the press conference prior to the match, assuring that the reason was”personal“Although” no “has disappointed him.” I have great respect for Gareth and all the players, and things should stay in the locker room. Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player, nothing changes. He preferred not to play, that’s the only thing I can say, “he added.
The one that will be available will be the Belgian Eden Hazard, recovered from the problems that have prevented him from playing much of this season. “He had a little discomfort at the end of LaLiga, but now he’s much better. We had a lot of time to prepare for the game and is fine and with confidence“He said.” With his injury, playing every two three days, it has been difficult to recover. Hopefully I can continue without problems and without discomfort, “he continued.
Regarding the duel against the ‘citizen’ team, the French coach stressed that they are going to need “all the players involved, thinking only about tomorrow’s game.” “We know there is a disadvantage in the first leg, but we are focused and we know that tomorrow will be another final. We are going to try to play a good game, “he explained.
“It is going to be a good football match between two very good teams. We are prepared, we know the situation. We face this final prepared, there are four finals if we want to reach the final,” he concluded.