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Zidane hits back at Spanish media over Vinicius

Zidane hits back at Spanish media in regards to Vinicius' status with the club

September 13, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The French boss was somewhat upset by a question regarding the Brazilian teenager ahead of Saturday's match against Levante.

Zinedine Zidane has always been cool as ice during his time as coach when it comes to addressing the media, but this time, he seemed to lose the plot a bit when replying about Vinicius.

The French boss discussed a variety of topics during his pre-match presser, but when the focus of the conference was directed to Vinicius and his lack of playing time, Zidane was annoyed by how the journalist hinted that he was holding the player's progress back by not handing him enough playing time.

"Vinicius is not confident? He has his coach's trust, I can guarantee you that much. He's 19 and he is the future of Real Madrid, for sure. All things take time and he is in a process that will see him making things right. But sometimes he will not play because there will be someone ahead of him, nothing more. You need to stop saying such things because he is a great player, I am going to count on him and I have full confidence in his skills," Zidane said.

The French tactician admitted that it will be complicated to play a game when his opponents had a full two weeks to prepare the match, while some of his footballers are still recovering from their international duties.

"We are not comfortable with the problems it brings, but it is what it is. They had 15 days to get ready for Saturday's game, and we will have players that will complete only one training session before the game," Zidane added.

With Luka Modric out due to injury, Zidane will most likely be forced to use James Rodríguez as a midfielder. Furthermore, the chance of watching Eden Hazard make his debut with Los Blancos is there, but the French tactician will not rush into things.

"We have to go slowly on that, because he spent the last three weeks injured. We all want to see Hazard on the pitch, but we must not submit him to that kind of pressure. He's ready, but I will decide how to handle hos debut. We need to be smart," Zidane concluded.

Los Blancos will try to win their first match of the season at home this Saturday against a rival that defeated them at the Bernabeu the last time they were in the Spanish capital. Follow this match with our detailed broadcast info.

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