Real Madrid boss Zidane reveals transfer window regret
Sep 13 2017
"The same thing happened last year, so we're not anxious at all", said Zidane, who is the first coach to retain the Champions League in its modern format and has won seven trophies since taking charge of Real in January last year.
"Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it's a different reality".
"This season will be a very good season for us to challenge them and show our reality". The game will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday (13/09) with a 2045 CEST kick-off.
Tougher tasks lie in wait in the form of Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur in Group H.
"Last season was our first experience in the Champions League".
"You can say we lack a No. 9, and maybe we do", he said.
Real's strength in depth was used intelligently by coach Zinedine Zidane to win the club's first La Liga and European Cup double for 59 years last season.
Real trail Messi's Barcelona in La Liga after three games, sitting four points behind them, as the Catalans have made a 100% start to the season despite losing star man Neymar to PSG for a world record £166million in the summer. Instead, Real continued their policy of snapping up the best young talent in Spain in Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos to add to the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio.
Ronaldo's absence has been felt even more acutely due to Madrid's surprising shortage of striking options.
Ronaldo was dismissed during the first leg of its Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona and received a five-match ban for shoving the referee.
The Champions League opener is available in most nations through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one. "He is an important player in the squad, he is a leader".
"Cristiano doesn't just contribute goals, he's a leader, he always wants to win and he transmits that to everyone else".
'Looking at our squad, we may be missing a number nine, ' Zidane said as Real Madrid prepared to face Hapoel (via the Metro).