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Zidane ahead of Atalanta match: 'They are a very attacking side'

Tuesday23 February 2021 | 18:43
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Zinedine Zidane lauds Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini and their 'attacking' form; however, he insists Real Madrid wouldn't go for a draw in the Champions League.

"We know the game that awaits us tomorrow and we know where we're coming from. We worked well, are concentrated, and need to get a good result," said the decorated coach in his press conference.

"We have the right experience and hope to reach the Final. We have every intention of doing so, that's what Real Madrid do: we go out there to win. There's a second leg too, but we are concentrated on tomorrow's game."

An injury crisis at Los Blancos has sidelined players like

Karim Benzema

and

Sergio Ramos

for this

Champions League

knockout fixture. 

"All the players are important and every coach has his resources. We know our strengths and will try to make the most of them. We prepared the match with these players and will go out there with our usual attitude. I wouldn't settle for a draw, we play to win."

The Frenchman concedes Atalanta are diverse to the sides they are familiarized to play with. 

"We don't know our opponents very well and must play our football, while also adapting to the Atalanta style of play. They are a very attacking side, similar to Ajax a couple of years ago. They have excellent individual players, are solid, and I expect tomorrow to be a wonderful game of football."

Gian Piero Gasperini

had said he wished Zidane could be on the pitch for the upcoming game.

"No, I am done!" laughed Zizou. "Gasperini has done a great job. He was the coach of the Primavera youth team at Juventus when I was there. I really like him as a coach.

"Atalanta have proved themselves on the pitch, changing two or three players this year to improve even more. It's going to be difficult and we have to prove that we're a strong team.

"We are well aware that we're in a difficult period and the pressure is on in every single game, but then no match is easy."

 

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