Zinedine Zidane, the manager of Real Madrid, has warned that his team’s potential has been underestimated.
The Spanish champions are the only La Liga team left in the Champions League this season, and they will face English champions Liverpool in the quarterfinals.
Real Madrid has had its ups and downs this season, but they are only three points off the top of the Spanish league and have gone undefeated in their last 11 matches in all competitions, winning nine of them.
When asked if his team had been undervalued, Zidane told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Marca:
“Well, I think this team has been undervalued. In the end, we deserve trust. What we can do is our job every day. This team turns what is said around, we never give up on things.
“This is what this club and this team has. While there is life we always have fight. We have had difficult moments and now we are fine, but that does not mean anything.
“This is the most important game of the year because it is the next one. The previous game was Eibar. Now we only think of playing Liverpool.
“It is a tie of 180 minutes or more. We know what there is, but we only think about tomorrow’s game. We do not think about anything else.”
The Frenchman was then asked about Liverpool, who have had a difficult season after winning the Champions League and Premier League titles in the previous two seasons.
Of course, Zidane led Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final.
He added: “They are a very strong, very solid team…the three at the top are obvious, and they have a very important effectiveness. But we are attentive to everything.
“Their injuries? I do not know if it is a weakness, because they have other players. We also have casualties, but the strength is in the team. There are always players missing, but the strength is the team. In our case it is like that.”