Real Madrid is being underestimated ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on Tuesday according to Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid has had a tough season but remains in the Champions League and LaLiga, with the gap to Atletico Madrid, narrowed to three points with nine games remaining.
And if they beat Liverpool, they would face either Chelsea or Porto in the semi-finals, putting them on track for a 14th European title.
“I believe my squad has been undervalued,” Zidane said at a press conference on Monday. “I have a lot of faith in my staff, and I know what it is capable of.” But we can’t change people’s minds. We can only work day by day, and we never give up when there is always hope.
“We will fight for everything.” We’ve had some tough times this season, and while we’ve improved, it won’t mean much tomorrow.”
Eden Hazard will play in the first leg in Madrid on Tuesday, after missing the previous three weeks due to a pelvic injury, according to Zidane. On Monday morning, Hazard trained at Valdebebas.
“We’ve learned a lot about it, and Hazard needs to be cool. What counts is that he has recovered “Zidane said. “If the player is safe, I want him to be a member of the squad. We’ll take things one step at a time and see what happens.”
Madrid will be without captain Sergio Ramos, who injured his calf while on international duty with Spain last month.
Ramos was instrumental in Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool in 2018 when his challenge caused Mohamed Salah to be replaced in the first minute.