«It is not a miracle to have come this far»

Ruben Cañizares




Madrid is one game away from reaching their fifth Champions League final in eight years and six from winning a double. A miracle for 99.9 percent of the fans, but not so for Zidane, who again showed his chest for his players in the preview of the decisive match on Wednesday against Chelsea: “It does not seem like a miracle to have reached here. If we are where we are, it is because of our work and believing in what we do. We have had difficult moments and you have to take your hat off for this team. He has character, personality, and when the going gets tough they are there. We are where we want and it is deserved. Ein football there are no miracles».

Zidane, as usual, did not give any clue as to whether Ramos will start or not, but listening to him between the lines, everything indicates that it will be like this: «It is important to have our leader and our captain. If Sergio is with us it means that he is fine. I’m not going to risk anything because he’s ready to play.

His speech did not vary with the other players who arrive between cottons, such as Mendy and Valverde. Nor with Hazard, who also points to eleven: «It’s not that it’s a good time for Hazard. Tomorrow’s game is a very good moment for Hazard. He comes prepared and we are going to need him. We know the player he is and will help the team, for sure. We are all ready for a Champions League semi-final, which is not played every day ».

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Before Zidane spoke Kroos. The German sent several clear messages. One about Zidane and his continuity next season – «I think he will be our coach. He has another year on his contract »-, another on the relevance of Ramos’ return -« Sergio has shown for many years and in matches like this how important he is for the team », and one for Hazard -« He is an ideal player for these games and I am sure it will help us ».

The German, who recognizes physical fatigue, praises Chelsea But he considers that the tie is even: «In the first leg, the first 30 minutes we did not press well and we arrived late, and that is how it is difficult to play. Then we improved, we played more compact and that helped us. In the second half, without creating much, we had more ball, and that made us feel more comfortable. What we have to do is create more in this second game.

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