We're not here for a ride, says Zidane about the Super Cup
Jeddah, January 8 (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team is focused solely on raising the Spanish Super Cup trophy before the renewed four-team competition that will take place this week in Saudi Arabia.
We are not going for a walk, Zidane said at a press conference on Tuesday, on the eve of his team's semifinal against the holders of the Copa del Rey Valencia in Jeddah.
It is the first edition in Saudi Arabia and the competition is a great hope. It is an important competition and we want to give everything to play a good game tomorrow (Wednesday), said Zidane.
It is a unique match. It's not like playing in La Liga. We both play outside and it's just a match. Everything changes, but our mentality does not change.
Real and Valencia will join Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid in Saudi Arabia, amid controversy over a tournament held away from home in a country condemned for its human rights record.
Spanish media reported that only nine percent of the 12,000 tickets reserved for the four competing clubs had been purchased.
However, the three games at King Abdullah Stadium with a capacity of 62,000 people are expected to run out.
Barcelona plays Atlético on Thursday with the winners of the two semifinals to face Sunday in the final.
Real will be without the injured Eden Hazard, while neither Karim Benzema, his top scorer, nor Gareth Bale have made the trip due to fitness problems.
There are no favorites. The four teams that are here are the four favorites to win, Zidane said.
The only thing I think about is in our game tomorrow. It is a semifinal, but for us it will be a final.
Luka Jovic has scored only once for Real since he moved from Eintracht Frankfurt in July, but the Serbian striker is ready to lead the attack in Benzema's absence.
Luka Jovic, he is the future. You have to take it easy, Zidane said.
He is a young player who wants to learn and play. He can score goals, but what interests me is the complete player he can become. He has only been with us for five or six months, so it takes a bit of calm. (AFP) APA APA