Zi­dane Out to En­joy Cla­sico Coach­ing De­but

The Economic Times - - Sports -

Real Madrid boss Zine­dine Zi­dane in­tends to en­joy his first ex­pe­ri­ence of coach­ing in El Cla­sico as his side travel to Barcelona on Satur­day faced with the daunt­ing task of end­ing the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons 39 -game un­beaten run.

Barca lead third-placed Madrid by 10 points in La Liga with just ei g ht ga mes re­mai ni ng, but Zi­dane be­lieves his side c a n emerge vic­to­ri­ous at the Camp Nou if they con­tinue the same form they showed in win­ning five con­sec­u­tive matches be­fore a twoweek in­ter­na­tional break.

"The fans want to see good football and I want to see my team as it has been re­cently," said Zi­dane on Fri­day.

"Cla­si­cos are the most beau­ti­ful thing in football for a player. Now I am go­ing to live it as a coach. It is the first, but I am very happy and will en­joy it." The only pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween the sides this sea­son wasn’t en­joy­able at al l for those of a Madrid­per­sua­sion as Barca took the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu by storm with a 4- 0 thrash­ing of Rafael Ben­itez’s Real­side. How­ever, Zi­dane in­sisted he hasn’t spo­ken to his play­ers about that match. "The play­ers know what hap­pened. It is a dif­fer­ent game to the first one. It is one we have to win and want to win.

"I have seen it and an­a­lysed it, but I haven’t spo­ken to the play­ers about it."

Madrid’s re­al­is­tic hopes of land­ing a tro­phy this sea­son ap­pear to be in the Cham­pi­ons League, where they face Wolfsburg in the first leg of their quar­ter-fi­nal tie on Wed­nes­day.

Zi­dane in­sisted he won’t re - serve any play­ers with the trip to Ger­many in mind. Yet, hav­ing won the Cham­pi­ons League in his first sea­son as a player at the Bern­abeu in 2002, Zi­dane is con­scious that he needs to de­liver re­sults be­tween now and the end of the cam­paign to se­cure his po­si­tion as coach for next sea­son.

"The im­por­tant thing is to win. I know be­cause I was a player at this club," he added.

"I am not think­ing about the end of the sea­son, the im­por­tant thing is to do things as we have done re­cently. If we con­tinue like this some­thing pos­i­tive will hap­pen."

French in­ter­na­tional de­fender Raphael Varane has not been in­cluded in Zi­dane’s 19-man squad for the trip to Barca af­ter pick­ing up a calf in­jury whilst on in­ter­na­tional duty. Ger­man mid­fielder Toni Kroos will be fit to take part, though, de­spite suf­fer­ing a blow to his foot from James Ro­driguez in train­ing on Fri­day.

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