The first question David was asked was about Zinedine Zidane’s condition and whether he had the chance to talk to him.

Zidane is doing well and he’s sad not to be with the team

Since Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for COVID-19, his assistant David Bettoni signed up for his boss’s position in Friday’s press conference. The first question David was asked was about Zinedine Zidane’s condition and whether he had the chance to talk to him. “I spoke with the coach this morning, and he is doing very well,” Bettoni revealed. “Zizou is doing well, although he is sad not to be with us. Even if he is not with us physically, everyone should know that he will still be with us.” The assistant was then asked how the process would work during Saturday’s game. “Zidane will not be with us physically, but he will be with us during the game to support the players and help us all,” was his slightly vague response. Pressed on this, he said that finer details would be kept inside the club.

Sergio Ramos is in the process of recovery

Bettoni was also asked about a couple of injuries in the group. “With Sergio Ramos, he is in the process of recovery and will not be with us tomorrow,” the coach said of Alaves’ match on Saturday. “Dani Carvajal trained a little with us, but he will not be with us either, and he will be able to train normally from Monday”. One of the other big stories of the day was also brought up, the potential departure of Martin Odegaard. “What happened to Martin is something I don’t know very well,” Bettoni said. “I’m an assistant coach, and there are some things that I don’t follow too closely. So I can’t give the exact context. He’s an important member of the squad, and we’ll see what happens to him in the coming days.”

Finally, the coach was asked about recent refereeing decisions and decisions that Real Madrid did not accept and that rivals such as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were given. “I don’t think there’s anything special,” he said about it. “It’s hard to judge, and there are decisions in favour, and there are decisions against.”