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Zidane: “I don’t need to copy Jurgen Kopp”

Mon 05 April 2021 | 14:46

The French tactician has delivered more silverware during his second spell at Real Madrid, but he is always trying to learn.

Zinedine Zidane

has always been eager to learn from fellow managers, but the Frenchman stated that “copying”

Jurgen Klopp

’s blueprint for success is not in his interest.


Real Madrid

manager is set to lock horns with the


boss on Tuesday, as the two parties fight in the

Champions League

quarter-final stage. This particular trophy has been landed three times by Zidane and he has also delievered some

La Liga

titles; therefore, he sees no point in copying a rival’s methods of achievement.

When asked if he is trying to replicate Klopp’s methods, Zidane said:

“He’s a great coach and an experienced coach. The work he has done in all his career has been good and now with Liverpool.

“I don’t need to copy him and he doesn’t need to copy me, but I do look at all coaches to see what they do. In particular, I saw a lot things from other coaches when I was doing my coaching course.”

The 48-year-old was also quizzed about

Eden Hazard

’s fitness and said:

“The important thing is that he is fully recovered when he comes back, although I don’t think he was rushed back last time.

“We never rush a player. We’ll see when Eden can recover.”

Real Madrid aim to vanquish Liverpool, a side they have defeated in the 2018 Champions League final, and deliver their 14th European title.

With the Champions League and La Liga title still up for grabs, the Real Madrid boss was pressed if his side was written off too early in a challenging season and he answered:

“I think the answer is yes.

“I have a lot of confidence in my team. So yes, but we can’t change that. We can just do our work every day. That’s how this team has been able to turn things around.

“We never give up. As long as there’s hope, we’re alive in both competitions and will keep battling.

“We’ve had bad moments and now we’re in a good moment, but all of that means nothing yet since we’ve not won anything yet.”

source: SportMob