Zinedine Zidane insists ‘we’re all going to fight to the death right there on the field’ as his Real Madrid side appear to be beating Chelsea in form in the Champions League semi-finals.
- Zinedine Zidane says his team is ready to ‘fight to the death’ to beat Chelsea
- Real will take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s second leg in the semi-final
- Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is back in the squad after a month of calf problems
- Eden Hazard has finally shaken off a frustrating series of injuries to return
Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos and all his Real Madrid stars are ready to ‘fight to the death’ to beat Chelsea for the Champions League final.
Zidane’s Real side will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s second leg in the semi-final, in a bid to reach their first final in three years.
Captain Ramos is back in the Real squad after a month of calf problems, while ex-Chelsea talisman Hazard has finally shaken off a frustrating string of injuries.
Zinedine Zidane insisted all his Real stars are ready to ‘fight to the death’ to beat Chelsea
Real Madrid have been pictured training with Chelsea ahead of their second leg semi-final
Zidane ignored all fears about Ramos’ steadfast fitness in Spain, before tilting Hazard to find top form on his old stomping ground.
“I’m not going to take any chances, Sergio is with us and that means he’s ready to play; that’s it, ”said Zidane.
‘I’m not going to tell you now whether Sergio will play or some other player.
‘He’s here with us and that means he’s fine, that’s the most important thing for us, to have our leader with us, to have our captain with us. As I said before, all the players here with us are ready. All of them.
Real will take on Chelsea on Wednesday night as they try to improve on their last appearance
Captain Sergio Ramos (far right) is back in the Real Madrid squad after a month of calf problems
‘We are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, we are all going to fight to the death on the field. All players are ready to play, and of course I have to choose a team.
“All players are ready to play, don’t worry.”
When asked if now would be the perfect time for Hazard to reach his peak after a two-year injury with Real, Zidane continued: “ It’s a great time for it, it’s a great time for him, and I think that he is prepared, and that is very good for us.
‘We need Eden. We know what a good player he is and he will definitely help the team.
‘Eden is here with us, he’s ready, he’s prepared.
‘We know the quality it has. He’s going to bring his natural game and he’s going to show what he wants to do out there. I am happy with that. ‘
Zidane’s Real has battled dry bouts of form, injury woes and Covid-19 issues in a fragmented campaign – but also a season that could bring another league and Champions League double.
While ex-Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has finally shaken off a frustrating string of injuries
Zidane’s Real have battled through arid spells of form, injury woes and Covid-19 issues, but they can nonetheless deliver a league and a Champions League double.
The former France playmaker praised his team for pushing Madrid towards the end of the season in hopes of a brilliant final.
“Like we said, we’ve had challenges, we’ve had tough times during the season,” said Zidane.
‘But you really have to tip the team because they have a great character.
“They have personality, and when the going gets tough, they always come forward; they showed that.
‘In my opinion they are the best players there are, and they have always shown it.
‘Of course there have been challenges, but we are where we want to be, and especially where we deserve to be.’