It’s all to play for in Spain and the stakes could scarcely be higher.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has promised fans that the players will look to compete from the first minute till the last, in their remaining four matches of the La Liga. Zidane referred to the matches as “finals”, expressing a desire to move on from the recent UEFA Champions League semi-final defeat against Chelsea. The legendary footballer further stated that the sole objective would be to finish the season strongly. Zidane shared these opinions while interacting with the media in an online press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga matchday 35 clash with Sevilla.
“We know what’s at stake, there are four games left, four finals to finish of LaLiga. We want to forget about the Champions League and focus only on tomorrow’s game. All I can promise you is that we’re going to compete, from minute one to minute 90. Our focus are these four games and finishing the season strongly,” he said as quoted by the Spanish club’s official website.
Zidane further urged his players to give their 100 percent on the pitch, as that often reaps its rewards.
“The players just want to win and that’s the same in every game, even if sometimes it’s not possible. The key thing is to give it our all, 100%. That often reaps its rewards and if it doesn’t you have to be patient. Sevilla are a good side and they’ve shown that this year. They are fighting to win LaLiga and we know the type of performance we need to produce if we want to win the game,” he added.
Sergio Ramos is the sole concern for Real Madrid going into the match, having featured in the second leg despite Chelsea despite being unfit.
“The only concern is tomorrow’s game. Sergio Ramos felt a recurrence of his injury and the important thing is to have him recover as soon as possible. He played the other day because he was 100% fit, it’s flared back up again and we don’t want to take the risk,” stated Zidane.
The Real Madrid manager further shared his opinion on Eden Hazard, who was seen laughing and chatting with his former Chelsea teammates following the defeat.
“He’s apologised about the other day. He didn’t intend to cause any problems. He’s a Real Madrid player and he will compete for Real Madrid. So far we haven’t seen the Hazard people want to see. I think he’s going to turn things around. It’s a tough time but he’s got a contract and he wants to succeed here,” concluded Zidane.