📣 Zidane on Hazard injury, criticism, and facing Klopp

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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Real Madrid host Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday night.

Zinedine Zidane has been speaking to the media ahead of the game and here are the best bits of what he had to say.

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On Eden Hazard

“The most important thing for Eden (Hazard) is for him to recover completely, we will not rush him.

“I don’t think Hazard’s return was rushed, in the end it’s how the player feels.

“Now we will do things little by little, I need all my players, always.

“I like to have everyone healthy. I hope to get him back as soon as possible.”

On Champions League progression

“It’s a 180-minute final, there are two games.

“For us the important thing is tomorrow’s game, we don’t look beyond tomorrow.

“We want to do well tomorrow and think only about this game.”

On Jürgen Klopp

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“Before we met in the Champions League final and when I was learning to be a coach I learned a lot from various managers and looked at Klopp’s career.

“I haven’t copied him and I’m not going to copy him but you learn and I learned from him.”

“I think my team has been underestimated – I trust my team a lot and I know what it can give – but we cannot change that.

“We’ve had difficult moments and now we are better, but it doesn’t mean anything tomorrow.”

On meeting Liverpool again

“We’re not thinking of the past – it’s a complete different scenario for both teams.

“We must be attentive to all of their players. They have some injured players and so do we – our strength lies in the team.”