Real Madrid got yet another loss this preseason, this time 1-0 against Tottenham. Los Blancos have not performed well this summer yet coach Zinedine Zidane wants to be optimistic.
“I always think positively and nobody can take what we’re going to do this year away from me. We ended a tough season and we’ve had a difficult start to this one. I know that I’ve got a phenomenal team. We’re still not ready. We’re going to regain confidence and we’ll get through this. All we need to do is win one game,” said Zidane after the disappointing defeat.
The Frenchman was asked about his roster, which clearly might not be good enough to compete for all three titles.
“These are the players that we’ve got and that’s the end of it. Things can change until August 31st. I trust my players. Losing isn’t pleasant but we’re not going to lose confidence because we know that it’s going to be a very long year and that we’ll deliver,” explained the coach when asked about signings.
Zidane praised Keylor Navas’ performance but didn’t want to talk about who will start as his goalkeeper when the season kicks off.
“He put in a great performance tonight and that’s all there is to it. I don’t believe that any player has a guaranteed starting spot. They’ve all got to be ready and they’re all fully aware of that,” he said.
He also revealed why Gareth Bale stayed in Madrid with the injured players.
“He didn’t travel because he wasn’t fit. After speaking with the doctors, the best thing was for him to stay in Madrid. He stayed back and is training there. It was a decision between the player, medical staff and the coach,” said Zidane.
James Rodriguez is also training with the squad even though reports suggested that he was ready to leave the club to join either Napoli or Atletico de Madrid. Now, it seems that James could stay, but Zidane didn’t want to talk about this matter.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with him. We’re here playing and that’s the only thing I’m thinking about and nothing else,” concluded the coach.