Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid are ready for next week’s UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla but will be without Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Pepe.
Zidane was speaking after a stunning Danilo goal gave Madrid a friendly win over Bayern Munich, days before meeting Sevilla in Norway, on Tuesday.
“Yes, we’re ready, after three games and three weeks of work, we are. Tuesday is our first big game. The season is very long and we need to maintain this line of work. I don’t think Bale, Kroos or Pepe can play, no. They have to come back. We’ll see them in Madrid,” Zizou said, AS reports.
“Karim Benzema? He’ll be with us and we’ll see. He’s ok now, better. But he hasn’t trained with us, the rhythm. When you can’t work with tranquillity, it’s complicated. Saturday he’ll be with the team and we’ll see on Tuesday. James Rodriguez? He only played 45 minutes but he’s getting up to speed.”
Zidane was asked about two summer arrivals, Alvaro Morata, brought back from Juventus, and Marco Asensio, whose loan at Espanyol came to an end.
“I don’t care that Morata hasn’t scored, no. He’s getting up to speed. He played 75 minutes and gives us a bit of everything. The goal will come. If we always win and he doesn’t score, I’d sign for that,” the Coach admitted.
“Asensio? I’d like him to stay and he will stay. But let’s talk calmly, when we get to Madrid.”