Last updated on September 28, 2019
“Listen we understand the standard of player we have and we all understand he will provide,” said Zidane at a media conference on Friday.
“Everybody expects a good deal out of him and he understands that. But we encourage him and he’s with us. As the matches go by I am certain that he will be the player we need him to maintain this Real Madrid team”
Madrid play Atletico at a conflict of first against third in the Wanda Metropolitano, even though the two clubs experiencing inconsistency up to now this term.
Zidane’s staff are seeking to sustain momentum after bouncing back from their 3-0 defeat by PSG from the Champions League with back-to-back successes over Sevilla and Osasuna.
Atletico, meanwhile, conquer newly-promoted Real Mallorca on Wednesday after formerly stumbling themselves, using a reduction to Real Sociedad and draw at home to Celta.
“We will provide everything,” Zidane said. “Our thoughts have not changed, we understand how hard it’s going to be tomorrow against a challenging opponent but they will find it hard also.”
Atletico thrashed Madrid 7-3 at a pre-season match in July, a game Zidane said his group played as a friendly and also their competitions treated just like a competitive fixture.
Zidane’s answer was short when asked about if that outcome had some significance on the approaching derby. “No it doesn’t have anything to do on this match,” he explained.
Marcelo, Luka Modric and Isco have recovered from injury and educated with the remainder of the team on Friday.
However, Rodrygo, the 18-year-old Brazilian who scored on his debut from Osasuna, 1 second after coming on, may go back to Madrid’s book team, Castilla, this weekend.