Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane talked in press conference this Monday. Los Blancos will face Club Brugge on Tuesday —19:00 CEST— in a must win situation after their 3-0 loss in Paris.
“Tomorrow’s match is the most important. We have to give everything to beat Brugge. The objective is to win because we are fourth in the table, that’s the reality. I’m focused on this match because it’s an opportunity to pick up points,” said Zidane.
The Frenchman was also asked about Eden Hazard, who is facing criticism following his disastrous performance at the Wanda Metropolitano against Atletico de Madrid. Zidane wanted to show some trust in his player.
“I’m not going to give him advice to tell him how to play. We know he’s an important player for us. He knows we want more from him, but we have to stay calm. I’m not worried at all. He will succeed here and will be very good. You have to be patient with players who have just arrived. The good thing is he will not change. He needs more, but we will see it soon. If we can see it tomorrow, great,” explained the coach.
Brahim hasn’t made his season debut with the team this season. While it’s true that he’s had some injuries that forced him to miss the preseason stage, it seems that it will be tough for him to get relevant minutes this campaign.
“It’s very complicated because when you aren’t on the squad list it’s difficult. He trains every week and wants to be with the team. He has to be prepared, like everyone else, because what happens today is not the same as tomorrow. He’s had injuries but he is OK now. I have 25 players and what bothers me the most is to leave players out of the squad. I have to tell Brahim and the rest to keep pushing in training because they will have their chance. The season is long and I will use everyone,” said Zidane.
The Frenchman himself struggled when he first joined Real Madrid. His first months in the Spanish capital were tough and Zidane was asked about Hazard feeling the same issue.
“The same thing happened to me, but I stayed calm. I knew that in time it would work. It was worse when I arrived in Italy. It took me three months there, in Madrid a little less. Hazard is the same. I know he will succeed here, you have to be patient and get behind him because he’s going to move forward. It has nothing to do with physical issues. It’s more a matter of scoring and creating chance. I’m not worried, you have to be patient,” concluded Zidane.
Real Madrid will publish their squad list for Tuesday’s game early on Tuesday.