Zidane: Didn’t want Juve!

Zinedine Zidane admits he did not want Real Madrid to be drawn Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Madrid thrashed Juve 4-1 to win the Champions League in Cardiff last season, but that did not stop Zidane from ‘preferring to avoid’ his former club.

“Neymar? People are allowed to say whatever they want,” the Coach said at a Press conference for Sunday’s League visit of Girona.

“He’s a very good player, but he doesn’t play for Real Madrid. I only speak of my own. [Neymar to Madrid] is your talk. It’s not good to talk about a player that isn’t ours.

“We respect PSG and we’re not thinking about these things. Neymar and BBC? We have lots of very good players here.

“Everyone who comes to play here know where they are and the club always think about what’s important to the team.

“Juve? I was there for five years and they’re an important club for me. Playing them fills me with emotion.

“To be honest, I’d have preferred to avoid them for several reasons. It’s a tie that’ll be played soon and I’ll be focused on it like the players, trying to put aside everything I experienced with [Juve].

“Still, it’s true that I’ll keep them in mind. Juventus are a very competitive team and it’ll be complicated and different to overcome them.

“Like always, it’ll be a tie that’s 50-50. We’re going to play the first leg at Juventus Stadium, and after that we’ll see.”

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