The defeat of Barcelona this Thursday against Granada keeps the League within reach of four teams, with Real Madrid in second place, two points behind the leader, Atlético. Faced with this situation, difficult to imagine at the club in January, Zidane continues to fix his eyes on his team, trying not to be distracted by the rest. “I am not happy about the defeats of the rivals. We are going to try to win this League until the end ”, he said this Friday, the eve of receiving Osasuna at the Alfredo di Stéfano (21.00, Movistar LaLiga).
And when looking at their team, what they continue to find is a group that has endured a bumpy journey in which they have seen injured players enter and leave, some several times, such as Hazard and Carvajal, and that, despite that, endure: “Having difficulties like the ones we have had all season … and arriving as we are arriving here … I am very happy with the players that can get out of them, with the spirit that this team has. Because it’s not easy. When there are two, three, four, five, six, seven or eight players out of the team … You look, and you say, ‘Fuck, what is happening to us?’ But not. We believe in what each one of us does and that is fundamental to then move that forward, and that is what we are going to try until the end ”, he said. Again proud of the group: “What miracle? No, no, not at all. This is work. Only work. Just believe in what we do, prepare things all together. There are many people here who work around this team, but then it is the players who believe in what they do on the field. No, no: miracle nothing. A lot of work, a lot of dedication to our passion ”.
The squad continues to be quite on the edge physically, with Carvajal recently injured again, Mendy still in doubt for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday, Hazard slowly returning once more and Ramos just recently. returned to the group. In addition, Kroos maintains muscular discomfort and Modric is more squeezed than ever. Zidane is aware of all this, and yet this Friday, when talking about where he saw the key to be able to win the two titles that Madrid still aspires to, he wanted to move the focus away from nursing: “I don’t think it’s the physical . We will be fine there. They’re details. It’s with the ball. We are interested in doing things well with the ball, because defensively we are doing well. Together. When you have the ball, which is where we can improve, is where you can make a difference technically ”, he said.