February 12, 2018

I have to be with my players no matter what happens

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Zinedine Zidane spoke with the French media about Real Madrid's upcoming Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain and the current situation at the club, for which he feels responsible for.

Speaking to reporters from 'RTL France', Zidane said: "Our ambitions this season are not acceptable. This season is different, we have to accept it".

'Los Blancos' head coach complained that the results have not been kind to them this season, but he would still support his team until the very end: "I have to be with my players no matter what happens. I am the boss and, at the same time, I try to improve with them. I want to be with them whatever happens".

Madrid are currently 17 points behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga, although they do have one game in hand, with the Champions League being their last resort to escape a dismal season so far.

When asked about his future in Spain, the Frenchman replied: "I face the clash with PSG without thinking about what is going to happen next year. I don't look to the future, I look at the present. I know this will not last forever, but I am comfortable at Madrid and I hope to stay".

Zidane also used the media opportunity to give his team a warning, including Karim Benzema who was jeered against Getafe: "Everyone has to give more, Karim the same, [just] like everyone".

The statement came before the 45-year-old praised Madrid's upcoming European opponent: "They are improving every year and they are having an incredible season. As for (Kylian) Mbappe, he is exceptional and that is despite everyone seeing him coming".

With the impeding Champions League clash only two days away, Zidane will be hoping his team can put in the performance of their lives to progress to the quarter-final stages.

Zinedine Zidane spoke with the French media about Real Madrid's upcoming Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain and the current situation at the club, for which he feels responsible for.

Speaking to reporters from 'RTL France', Zidane said: "Our ambitions this season are not acceptable. This season is different, we have to accept it".

'Los Blancos' head coach complained that the results have not been kind to them this season, but he would still support his team until the very end: "I have to be with my players no matter what happens. I am the boss and, at the same time, I try to improve with them. I want to be with them whatever happens".

Madrid are currently 17 points behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga, although they do have one game in hand, with the Champions League being their last resort to escape a dismal season so far.

When asked about his future in Spain, the Frenchman replied: "I face the clash with PSG without thinking about what is going to happen next year. I don't look to the future, I look at the present. I know this will not last forever, but I am comfortable at Madrid and I hope to stay".

Zidane also used the media opportunity to give his team a warning, including Karim Benzema who was jeered against Getafe: "Everyone has to give more, Karim the same, [just] like everyone".

The statement came before the 45-year-old praised Madrid's upcoming European opponent: "They are improving every year and they are having an incredible season. As for (Kylian) Mbappe, he is exceptional and that is despite everyone seeing him coming".

With the impeding Champions League clash only two days away, Zidane will be hoping his team can put in the performance of their lives to progress to the quarter-final stages.