Real Madrid will kick off its La Liga campaign this afternoon! After a shaky preseason, manager Zinedine Zidane is staying optimistic in his players.
“We want to get started now. It was the last training session and we’re only thinking about tomorrow’s game. We get our league campaign under way and we’re happy and ready for the big kick off.”
A determined and eager sounding Zidane took to the podium on Friday night ahead of his squad’s match against Celta Vigo on Saturday. Looking to shake off doubts from the fans and incorporate some new players, Zizou has plenty of pressure as the new campaign gets underway.
However, his sense of excitement and articulate responses should give us Madridistas hope.
Despite missing the Galactico signing, Eden Hazard, and fellow newcomer Rodrygo Goes, the return of James Rodriguez and new additions like Eder Militao and Luka Jovic should make an immediate impact.
Zidane was quick to shake off any speculation regarding James’ spot in the team, firmly stating, “He’s fit and I’m happy to have him in the squad. I will repeat what I said the other day, I will have everyone available. They’re also happy to be here.”
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It was the usual press conference for the former Real Madrid player as the masses inquired over transfer rumors, Gareth Bale’s future, and for an explanation as to why Zidane had decided to change up the formation in the last couple of matches.
The boss was quick to shut down the questions and went about his business professionally.
Zizou spoke directly to the loyal Madrid fans as the questions were beginning to wind down, pleading for support and promising that this is just the start of something special.
Yes, the injuries to three of Real’s new signings before competitive play ever begins are worrisome – Ferland Mendy was left off of the squad sheet – but, his is a manager with loads of confidence who we should trust.
After all, he won two Champions League titles and the La Liga title in just two and a half years at the helm. The man had a 70 percent win rate in that same time and when he is given good depth players, he can win.
This match will be very telling for Zinedine Zidane’s side. With so many questions lingering and more pressure on the entire lineup now more than ever, it is vital Real Madrid gets out to a good start in Northern Spain.
Zidane’s confidence should relax your nerves a little, but anything can happen in La Liga.