Thursday 21 February 2019

Zidane: We need to finish second

FOCUS: Zinedine Zidane
FOCUS: Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane insists finishing second in LaLiga remains an important objective despite Real Madrid being on the brink of history in the Champions League.

Los Blancos have endured an indifferent season domestically and head into today's home game against Leganes third in the table and four points behind city rivals Atletico.

The LaLiga title is destined to return to Barcelona but Real can claim a third consecutive Champions League crown, becoming the first club in the modern era to do so.

Zidane's side play in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich - the last club to win three European Cups in a row back in the 1970s.

His team lead 2-1 after the game in Germany but the head coach insists attention is firmly back on LaLiga.

"The objective is the same as it's been in recent matches, try to add points in order to get second place," Zidane said.

"Everything is valuable and you can't choose between titles. We can only win the Champions League, but we're playing in the league and we want to finish well.

"It's not unimportant and we must do well and do our best. Then on Tuesday, we're a game from the final in the Champions League and that means a lot to us as well."

Despite eight major trophies in his two-and-a-half years in charge at the Bernabeu, including two Champions League titles, there have been reports that Zidane's job is under threat due to the mediocre LaLiga campaign.

The 45-year-old feels he has yet to stamp his mark on the team and needs more time to do so.

"I'm happy, I like it and we're doing well in general. They've been good for two and a half years, but we have to wait a bit to say that it's Zidane's Real Madrid," he said.

"I need more time to prove things."

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