Zidane told me apart from Messi, I'm the best left footer - Asensio

Sep 13, 2017, 00:19
Zidane told me apart from Messi, I'm the best left footer - Asensio

"The same thing happened last year, so we're not anxious at all", said Zidane, who is the first coach to retain the Champions League in its modern format and has won seven trophies since taking charge of Real in January last year.

The Portuguese superstar was given a five-game ban for pushing the referee in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona last month after being sent off, leading him to miss the second leg, Real's first three LaLiga games and next week's trip to Real Sociedad.

Madrid went on to win its first league game of the season in his absence, but that was followed by successive home draws with Valencia and Levante.

"Looking at our squad, we may be missing a number nine", Zidane said ahead of the Champions League clash with APOEL.

Zidane was quick to insist there is more to his team than the Ballon d'Or victor, although he is relieved to have Ronaldo back for this game. "We can not talk about a dependency, but I always want him to be with us.

When Horacio called me and told me Real Madrid were interested, I said I just wanted to play there". He is a leader, who always wants to win, and transmits that to all the others.

"Cristiano is very good, very focused on what he has to do", Zidane said.

Spurs were forced to play their European games at Wembley last season although they will now play every home fixture this term - including Premier League - at the national stadium.

"And we are happy too, because he is mentally very well, physically very fine".

Asked whether recently arrived defenders Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez, signed from Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax respectively, would play against Dortmund, Pochettino answered "maybe" in both cases.