MADRID – Zinedine Zidane has once again made his dissatisfaction with Gareth Bale public. Not only leaving the Welshman out of the expedition to Manchester, but also saying in the press conference prior to the game against City that “Bale has preferred not to play.”
“I will explain to you. In the end, many things are said, but we have a respectful relationship between coach and player. The only thing I can say is that he has preferred not to play, nothing more. The rest stays between him and me ”, commented the French coach.
Real Madrid will play the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester City on Friday and need to overcome the 1-2 in the first leg. To do this, the coach dispensed with Bale and James, two of the players who, at least at the beginning of the season, were called to be important in this project. Asked again for his words about Bale, Zidane did not want to go deeper.
“Now he is a Real Madrid player. It doesn’t change anything and I respect it. He has preferred not to play, is the only thing I can say. All the people who are here for tomorrow’s game are just concentrating on the game ”.
Zidane recovers Marcelo for the Etihad match, as well as Eden Hazard. On the Belgian, suffering from several ailments in his ankle after confinement, Zidane admitted that “he is fine”.
“The important thing is that we are all well. And so we are, really. We have had ten days to prepare for the game and that’s it. Each one says one thing about Eden. The important thing is that he is well and he is well, he is prepared. He had discomfort at the end of the league, but now he’s much better, he’s fine and confident ”.
Asked Zidane if a goal match or a more controlled one is convenient for Real Madrid, the Madrid coach
“I’m not a fortune teller and I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. It will be a good soccer match between two very good teams. That is the most important. We know how the first leg ended and we face this final knowing what we have to do, no matter the rest, ”Zizou stressed.
The French coach did not want to delve into individual cases and, to finish, he wanted to emphasize the speech so that his team could achieve the comeback against Guardiola’s team.
“A tie has never been finished until the last minute. We know what we must do in the field, really. We are going to prepare to have a great game. I have a good team that has their weapons and we know how to use them. We are going to see a nice meeting, for sure. We have to think about advancing in this final phase ”, declared Zinedine Zidane.