Friday, July 29, 2016

Zidane addresses Real Madrid's expectations in advance of Chelsea FC on Saturday

                               Photo Credit: Dana Afana

By: Dana Afana
Twitter: @danaafana

Real Madrid held a practice Friday evening inside Michigan Stadium, featuring key players like James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo Vieira. Players not expected to dress include their starting forwards and midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, as well as defender Pepe.

After their arrival to the elements of overcast conditions, Real Madrid took to the field at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor for one last private practice before they battle Chelsea FC in the International Champions Cup.

Zinedine Zidane, manager and former star of Real Madrid addressed the media on what to expect at tomorrow’s match at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

Zidane said Benzema is currently facing an injury, along with Ronaldo, but added, “We’re good, we’re prepared, we just want to see a stronger team,” according to the Spanish interpreter at the press conference.

Second-string goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will replace Keylor Navas, as he is currently undergoing medical treatment and training. Real Madrid may expect to start Casilla for the UEFA Super Cup match vs Sevilla.

“We’re going to continue putting him in the best position possible,” Zidane said. “I’m happy with the work he’s done.”

Zidane also said Ronaldo will be available for the Super Cup, but will not be around during the Aug. 9 match.

“His injury looks like it requires a month, we also have to make sure he’s preparing, we can’t just put him in after not playing for a month,” Zidane said.

As the transfer deadline for soccer clubs approaches on Aug. 31, Zidane indicated anything could happen until then.

“I think this is the best roster, but ultimately we need to show it and that’s what we’re preparing for right now,” Zidane said. “Overall, I’m happy with the players, they’ve been working well and that’s the most important thing.”  

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