Zidane: I work best under pressure

Zinedine Zidane enjoys the pressure that comes after a bad result as it’s the ‘best motivation’ and ‘inspiration’ for good results.

Real Madrid fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Girona on Sunday to leave them eight points off league leaders Barcelona, before taking on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday.

“In many ways I like this situation,” Zidane told reporters in London ahead of the match.

“It’s a good feeling to have the motivation of a big match to return to winning ways, it inspires me and when things are toughest, you need a big challenge to come back stronger – it’s when I work best.

“Some people believe a defeat means we are weakest but is the exact opposite, we are working harder than ever at coming back stronger against a great opponent.

“Was Girona my worst match as manager? I don’t think so, that’s an overreaction and you must remember we went a goal up but could not take advantage of that, but we must bounce back.

“It’s important for us not to think too much about that and move on, to think of the match against Spurs and give all we can to that match to win.”

Madrid and Spurs both lead the group on seven points each and both are strong favourites to advance at the expense of Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia.

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