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Zidane: “Bale wasn’t in the matchday squad because of a technical decision”

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The coach’s final LaLiga press conference of the season.

Leganes v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has addressed the media for the final time this LaLiga season. In his post-match press conference after the 2-2 draw with Leganés, he explained how happy he has been with the season as a whole, even if Real Madrid couldn’t quite make it 11 wins from 11.

The Frenchman said: “We couldn’t get the win, but it has been a spectacular season and we have to be happy. I’m thinking about what we’ve done up until now. I must thank all of the players for their efforts.”

Now that LaLiga has finished, thoughts turn to the Champions League and to Manchester City, although the coach explained that he hasn’t started properly preparing that second leg yet. He said: “I’m not thinking about Manchester City right this moment. After four or five days of rest, we’ll be back to think about the Champions League. It’s time to rest and disconnect a little, but it’s not holidays. We’ll fight until the final second to defeat Manchester City.”

Zidane was asked what the plan will be to try to get Eden Hazard fit and reach for the match at the Etihad. He replied: “Eden has had some injury niggles recently and I hope that with this break we can get him back to full fitness. I hope he can fully return. The professionals, those who know what they’re doing in this area, will do what they can to have him ready.”

Finally, Zidane was asked about the absences of James Rodríguez and Gareth Bale from the matchday squad against Leganés and he explained that the Welshman missed out because of his own decision, not because of any injury. On that, Zidane replied: “Some of you know what has happened with James, then with the other situation [that of Bale] it was a technical decision.”