Zinedine Zidane met with the journalists before the CL clash. Real Madrid hosts Atalanta at home-stadium in Madrid.

First words and impression

Zidane started the press-conference with humor and praised Italian players. He said that Atalanta is getting ready for a match of the season. That’s why Real Madrid players have to be ready for any outcome. Zidane said that Atalanta is playing well in Serie A and they will have big motivation to defeat CL favorite club. French coach admitted that they worked on different aspects of the outcome. Zidane noted that Atalanta will play and attack from the deep and midfield is ready for this strategy. 

French coach believes that Real Madrid players are fully focused on the clash against Atalanta. He noted that the match against Elche was a good lesson for the squad members. Zidane admitted that winning games in the last minutes can boost confidence and it was very much needed for the second-leg of the tie.


Central defenders and little about Casemiro

Journalists asked Zidane about the defenders duo. He noted that Varane and Sergio Ramos are fit and can play full 90 minutes. Zidane replaced Sergio Ramos against Elche. Ramos played only 60 minutes because he just returned from injury. Sergio Ramos has serious injury and could not help the team since January. Keep in mind that Ramos was injured in the game against Valencia. In the semi-finals of the SuperCopa, Real Madrid’s captain played to win the match for the fans. Unfortunately to Real Madrid fans, the team lost the game and Sergio Ramos all together. Ramos returned a few days ago and now he is fit to play against Atalanta. First-leg match against Atalanta was played by the Varane-Nacho duo. Zidane said that absence of Casmiro will be tough. Marca’s journalists believe that Zidane replaced Casemiro with Fede Valverde