Zinedine Zidane giving nothing away about Gareth Bale ahead of Cardiff final
Jun 03 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Boss Zinedine Zidane, whoplayed for opponents Juventus between 1996 and 2001, said: "We know all about pressure at Real Madrid". His 25 goals in La Liga this term helped Real to their 33rd Spanish title and on Saturday he hopes to help his club to their second double in four seasons. "I will feel lucky when I sit in the dug-out on Saturday".
He also struggled early in the Champions League, scoring only twice in his first eight games, but ended with eight goals in his last four matches, becoming the first player to break the 100-goal mark in the competition.
"All I can do is try to not concede goals, but he is able to determine the outcome of a match much more".
"He's got something inside. He has something inside him, he's a born leader". "For sure. As he scores goals, which is the most important".
Madrid is trying to become the first team to win back-to-back European Cup titles since the competition's new format was created in 1992.
"He's a good person because he worries about the others", Zidane explained.
Madrid is looking to become the first team to defend a Champions League title and win a record-extending 12th European Cup.
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The 44-year-old has defied critics who claimed his soft-spoken personality would make it impossible for him to cope with a squad of fragile egos and the constant behind the scenes politicking in the club's corridors of power. "I'm enjoying it all", Zidane said.
Barca will hope that, once he has completed his global commitments this summer with Brazil, Neymar can return to Spain fully rested so that next year he is still playing football when the season's biggest game comes around. We play different roles.
"The team is in a sweet spot and we have to take advantage of that", Ronaldo told Real Madrid TV this week.
"I think that in every final both teams go out there from zero", Ramos explained. "I've the feeling that we're going to play a great game and we're going to win". I don't mind. I've already played in such conditions, in Amsterdam against Ajax and at the 2002 World Cup, and there's no real difference.
"In the last three years, we've played in one final and this will be our second", he said. "We have to prove our character and who is the best", Ronaldo said as he eyed a third Champions League triumph with Real to add to the one with Manchester United in 2008. "I know it's possible".
Zidane was less keen to say whether in-form playmaker Isco or fit-again winger Gareth Bale would start the game, but did say that being in peak physical condition was an important consideration at this stage of the campaign. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will especially be under the microscope as the world waits to see which formation he chooses to roll out.