Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane believes his troops are being underestimated ahead of the first leg of their Uefa Champions League quarterfinal clash against Premier League champions Liverpool on Tuesday.
Madrid haven’t been enjoying the best of seasons but they remain alive in the Champions League and La Liga, with the gap to Atletico Madrid down to three points with nine games left.
And a win against Liverpool will see them qualify for the semifinals where they will face either Chelsea or Porto and be within sight of a 14th European triumph.
“I think my team has been underestimated,” said Zidane during a press conference on Monday.
“I trust my team a lot and I know what it can give. But we can’t change what people think. We can only work day by day and while there is still a chance, we never give up.
“We are going to fight for everything. We have had difficult moments this season and now we are better but it doesn’t mean anything tomorrow.”
According to Zidane, Eden Hazard might be in involved in the first leg in Madrid on Tuesday, even though the Belgian has missed the last three weeks with a pelvic injury. Hazard trained at Valdebebas on Monday morning.
“We have talked a lot about this, Hazard has to be calm. The important thing is that he has recovered,” added Zidane.
“If the player is well, I want him with the team. We are going to do things little by little and we’ll see what happens.”
Madrid will be without their captain Sergio Ramos, who injured his calf on international duty last month with Spain.
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By FARPost Reporter