Zinedine Zidane has promised “beautiful football” and a desire to “win trophies” after being officially unveiled as Real Madrid’s new Coach on Tuesday.
The Frenchman has been promoted to Los Blancos’ first team, where he replaces Rafa Benitez, despite the club not disclosing the terms of his contract, but he insists he is ready take on the role and deliver the success his team crave.
“We will work to do our best on the pitch. That’s the message,” he began.
“Beautiful football has always been important here. I’ll continue in this vein.
“I want an attacking and balanced team, nothing else. I’ve seen the players focused, lively and putting a shift in.
“My first words to the players have been important but simple. Everyone has an important role to play, including James [Rodriguez] and Isco.
“[Pep] Guardiola? He's doing an impressive job, but I’ll never compare myself to him.
“It’s always been our objective to win the Champions League and it always will be. I feel good and I’m excited.
“I’m responsible for the team and only concerned that everything goes well. It’s important to be close to the players.
“I’ve always said the most important thing is that you do what you think is best for yourself and your team.
“I was a player and I think the most important thing for a team is that they play football.
“It’s a new role for me, one which I haven't had time to work on. It'll be difficult, but it’s a challenge I want to take.
“My remit is to only win matches, but the team and I only want to win trophies.
“Excitement is the message I want to convey to both the players and fans, whom know a lot about football.
“I’ll try to contribute something personal to this team, a style of play which is different but fun. You'll see it soon.
“[On the ‘BBC’], the idea is clear, yes [to playing them].”