Zinedine Zidane has revealed that “the group” is Real Madrid’s “biggest strength” as opposed to the attacking firepower of ‘BBC’.
Only five days remain until Madrid face Atleti in an all-Spanish Champions League final for the second time in three seasons, and Zidane made it clear that a team effort – not reliance on Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – was needed in Milan.
“We all know that it will be a tough match, but we’re in good physical and mental shape,” he told UEFA.com.
“The end of the League season was extraordinary, but we know it’ll be difficult against Atletico.
“It’s 50-50 and it will be from the first minute to the last.
“The best thing that happened to me was to play for Real Madrid. I dreamed of playing for this club and always wanted to wear the famous white shirt, and it became a reality thanks to the President, who signed me as a player, and now I’m lucky enough to coach the best club in the world, so I’m a happy man.
“It’ll be a very difficult match. They’ll defend very well, as they always do, but you can’t say that Atletico are a team who only defend.
“They also play good football and make life difficult for their rivals. We’re aware of this, so we’re preparing [to combat their attacking play] and we’ll try to play our game so we don’t any regrets at the end [of the game].
“I think the team are the most important thing. Of course, players can individually make a difference, but our [biggest] strength is the group.
“Everyone feels important and knows their place. They know that we can only win the trophy as a team and with their efforts for each other.”