Zidane: I thought Barcelona were going to win, but…


Zinedine Zidane spoke ahead of Real Madrid’s meeting with Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana final.

Los Blancos’ coach wasn’t keen to give too much away about his gameplan but mentioned his delight at being in with a chance of lifting another trophy.

Asked how he felt heading into his ninth final as Real Madrid coach, Zidane doesn’t feel it will be too different to any other one has overseen.

“Nothing changes,” he responded.

“I’m happy to play another final.

“Real Madrid live for these games and we’re here.

“There isn’t any more pressure than in other finals, but we came here to win,” he said.

Zidane spoke of Atletico’s young superstar in the making, Joao Felix.

“I have no doubt about his quality.

“He is one of the best players for the future and the present.

“I don’t know if he’s among the top three, but he is a great player,” he stated.

Los Blancos lined up with five midfielders against Valencia but Zidane refused to reveal his plans for the final.

“I will not say how we are going to play.

“The important thing isn’t the formation but rather what we do when we have the ball.

“Sometimes you think about playing in a different way to how we usually do.

“We have good things as a team, which is what matters.”

The new format of the Supercopa has been widely discussed, but Zidane was just happy to be involved.


“We have accepted the change and we have been fortunate to be able to play in the competition.

“It is another title and we want to win it.

“For me, it is joy to be in Spain, to live in a country where people enjoy life and football,” he stated.

The Frenchman has enjoyed plenty of success in his coaching career so far but he feels he is only getting better.

“I feel like a better coach, I see myself doing well, progressing. That’s life, we learn from situations. From people, from everything around you.

“I listen to everyone and that makes me a better coach and a better person.

“I accept that everyone thinks what they want [but] I’m happy with what I do.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is under even more pressure following the defeat to Atletico and Zidane feels that it is part of the life of a coach.

“What Valverde is going through happens to all coaches. It will not change.

“In the other semi-final I thought Barcelona were going to win, but Atletico compete very well.

“Until the last minute, anything can happen.”