Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted he remains positive his side will overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League semi-finals against Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Madrid need to end a run of getting knocked out of the Champions League the last eight times they have lost the first leg, but Zidane stressed the need for patience from the players and fans:
“It’s not my first big game as Coach,” he said at a Press conference.
“Every game is important. There’s pressure whenever we start a game but nothing of any concern in what we do.
“I am always positive and I achieved something as a player with this philosophy.”
“What most concerns me is to see the faces of my players and they are very focused on the game, so that eases the pressure off my shoulders”.
He went on to say:
“What I want from the fans is to encourage us until the end [of the game], and they know they can change many things. What we have to do is give them a great match.
“It’s an important game and we all know that, but to play a game like this, you need a lot of composure.
“The game won’t be won in 10 or 15 minutes. Anything can happen in football and you have to be focused from the first to last minute.
“We know we’ll have more opportunities [to progress] if we don’t concede. We all know what we have to, which is to play football.
Zidane will have a full squad to choose from as Karim Benzema has recovered from a knee knock that forced him off in the first leg.
Real Madrid Possible Lineup
Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Misses next match if booked: Casemiro, Danilo, Sergio Ramos