The French coach was asked if he felt that Los Blancos had been somewhat underestimated ahead of the duel, and he agreed.

Real Madrid deserve trust

Zinedine Zidane appeared in front of the press on Monday ahead of Real Madrid’s first match against Liverpool on Tuesday. The French coach was asked if he felt that Los Blancos had been somewhat underestimated ahead of the duel, and he agreed. “Well, I think so,” Zidane replied. “In the end, we deserve trust. We can focus on is the day to day job. This team never gives up on anything.” Speaking about the man in the opposite dugout, Zidane had nothing but kind words for Jurgen Klopp. “He’s a great coach,” said Zidane. “He’s coached for a long time, and he has experience. He has done an excellent job throughout his career, and everyone is doing their job in their way. I see a lot of different coaches, and I have seen a lot of different things during my coaching course.”

According to Zidane, Eden Hazard has to be calm

Karim Benzema is the only undisputed player in Real Madrid’s attack, and Zidane is happy that his No.9 has a good understanding with all the players who can partner him. “Everyone here knows how to play and have earned their place in this club,” Zidane said. “They are all the best players. They all understand Karim, and Karim understands them all. There is a lot of chemistry between them.” Eden Hazard could return to action against the Premier League champions, but Zidane called for caution around the Belgian. “Eden has to be calm,” explained Zidane. “We never risk returning a player if he’s not ready. We will do things little by little, and we’ll see when he’ll play again. That’s how it is at the moment. Liverpool’s defence has been weakened through injury this season, but the Frenchman doesn’t take anything for granted.

“I don’t know if it is a weakness because they have other players,” Zidane said. “We also have absences, but strength is in the team. There are always no players, but strength is in the team. That’s how it is for us.”