Albert Celades hails opposite number Zinedine Zidane

Valencia manager Albert Celades has praised the impact of Zinedine Zidane, during the Frenchman's second spell in charge at Real Madrid.

Celades was speaking ahead of Real Madrid's La Liga trip to the Estadio Mestalla on Sunday night, and he only had praise for his former team mate ahead of the games.

"As a player he was one of the best in history, and as a coach he is the same," the former Spanish international told Marca during his pre-match press conference.

"We shared a lot of time together as teammates at Real Madrid, and I only have good words to say about him.

"We have a good relationship, and it is always respectful."

Celades won two La Liga titles and a Champions League as a player at the Santiago Bernabeu, before working as Julen Lopetegui's assistant in 2018, and he tipped the club for success this season.

"Real Madrid are at their best level so far this season."

"They are used to playing in pressurised situations and will have no problem dealing with the atmosphere at the Mestalla."

"They are in good shape to be successful this season."

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