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Zidane wary of Liverpool’s physical threat to Real Madrid

زيدان يؤكد صعوبة مواجهة ليفربول في دوري الأبطال

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MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Liverpool will be physically demanding opponents after the two sides were drawn together in the Champions League quarter-finals, but the glamour tie will not distract them from their La Liga title bid.

The 13-times European champions were pitted against last season’s Premier League winners in Friday’s draw, in a repeat of the 2018 final, which Zidane’s side won 3-1.

However with Real sitting third in La Liga, just six points below Atletico Madrid in top spot, their focus for now remains on domestic issues, starting with Saturday’s visit to Celta Vigo.

“We know Liverpool: they’ll demand a lot from us physically, but this is for us to think about after the international break,” Zidane told a news conference.

“This season as a whole is tough. We can’t get ahead of ourselves, we have to take things day by day and be ready for whatever happens. We know we’re alive in the title race and we want to carry on working hard for that.

“Every year the final stretch of the season is do or die. I’m not focusing on the schedule, rather the day-to-day. That’s what really gets us going. We’re alive, we’re working hard and that’s inspiration enough for us.”

The meetings with Liverpool sandwich a Clasico tie against arch-rivals Barcelona, which could have a pivotal say in the title race.

Eden Hazard will be absent for Saturday’s trip to Galicia with a muscle problem as his injury nightmare at the Bernabeu continues, and Zidane said the club are working on a specific plan for the Belgian.

“We want Eden to recover properly, completely. That’s the most important thing for us,” he said.

“We don’t want him to have surgery. We’ll have a distinct plan for him. We want him back and firing.”

Hazard will be joined on the sidelines by defenders Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola, as well as fellow forward Mariano Diaz.

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مدريد: أكد زين الدين زيدان، المدير الفني لفريق ريال مدريد الإسباني لكرة القدم، أن مواجهة فريق ليفربول في دور الثمانية بدوري أبطال أوروبا ستكون مباراة صعبة وشاقة.

وقال زيدان، خلال مؤتمر صحفي عقد الأمس، “نعلم أنها ستكون مباراة صعبة وشاقة.. في هذا المستوى كل الفرق تكون قوية.. ستكون مباراة شاقة.. نعرف ليفربول وسنكون مطالبين بعمل بدني كبير”.

وأضاف “لا يمكننا أن نحدد ما إذا كانت القرعة جيدة أم سيئة.. ليفربول يعلم ما تطلبه الأمور لعبور هذا الدور، ونحن نعلم هذا.. ستكون مواجهة بين فريقين فازا سابقا بدوري الأبطال عدة مرات وستكون صعبة.. دائما ما تكون المباريات في هذا الدور صعبة”.

وأوقعت قرعة دور الثمانية لدوري أبطال أوروبا، ريال مدريد في مواجهة ليفربول الإنجليزي في شهر إبريل المقبل، وقبل ذلك سيواجه الفريق مضيفه سلتا فيجو غدا /السبت/ في الجولة الثامنة والعشرين من الدوري المحلي.

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