Eden Hazard and Casemiro both tested positive for COVID-19, and this was the main conversation during Zinedine Zidane’s press conference on Saturday, ahead of Sunday night’s Valencia game.
Hazard and Casemiro both tested positive for coronavirus
Eden Hazard and Casemiro both tested positive for COVID-19, and this was the main conversation during Zinedine Zidane’s press conference on Saturday, ahead of Sunday night’s Valencia game. The coach has explained that the players are doing well mentally, even if it is a difficult situation. “They are good even if they are not happy with what happened,” he told the media. “Emotionally and physically, they are right. I sent them a message and will talk to them later. Putting pressure on Hazard’s current mental state, given that he has just returned from injury, Zidane insisted that the Belgian is doing well. “He is strong and knows that this is a tricky moment, but he’s good mentally, “said the coach.
Zidane: “I trust my players”
Although the rest of the team – except Eder Militao, who was already positive – returned negative tests, there was a need for additional social distancing in Saturday practice, and Zidane was asked how it affected his preparation for Sunday night away at Valencia. “It could happen, and it could be worse, so we have to accept that and keep working as a team,” he said. “This is a strong team. It’s a little disconcerting, but you have to train like this the day before the match”. Moving on to other topics, Zidane was asked how the team has responded in recent weeks after several poor results in a row. “When things get tough, these players come through it,” he said. “It has always been this way.”
“There are tough moments in the season, and the players are people, but they are committed, and their reaction was good. I trust all my players.” One of those players is Martin Odegaard, who returned from injury and the coach was asked about his status. “He will be on the list. squad for the Valencia trip and he is doing much better,” said the Frenchman. “He will soon go away with his national team. It doesn’t matter what I think about that. What matters is that he then returns 100 per cent. I have no doubts about him.”