After a never ending journey, Real Madrid arrived to Japan to play the FIFA Club World Cup. Los Blancos will face América from México in the semifinals on Thursday morning and, luckily, the final on Sunday.
Los Blancos started the trip to Japan on Sunday really early in the morning after beating Deportivo La Coruña in the last minute. Zinedine Zidane spoke in press conference before the first training in Yokohama: “I’m exhausted. It’s normal that we’re tired but we have the hope to win another title. We obey the people who know about this but the tiredness is there. It’s normal”, Zizou affirmed in Japan.
Real Madrid travelled to Japan very happy after another victory in La Liga, although they almost drop two points and some of the best players were resting, like Cristiano Ronaldo: “Nine Spanish footballers played the other day. It wasn’t a risk. I knew what I was doing. You can interpret in that way, but it wasn’t like that”.
After the game, Zidane was happy about the performance of the players: “I like that the footballers who don’t play often train hard to be ready to play, like they are doing. I’m very happy with everybody’s performance”.
The French manager is also happy with Karim Benzema: “He doesn’t play always. He can’t play always well but he’s one of the best players in the world”, Zizou said.
Zidane and the team trained after the press conference in the stadium of Yokohama. It was a soft training session without Sergio Ramos, the hero at Camp Nou and against Deportivo, who got some muscular problems. However, all the players except Gareth Bale should be available to play against América on Thursday.
The intention of Real Madrid in Japan is very clear: “Arriving to here is difficult and Real Madrid are always force to win everything”, Zizou said in the press conference. Therefore, the goal is set and Los Blancos will fight to end the year with the third trophy under Zidane’s management.