Zidane wants Madrid to treat UCL clash against Inter like a final

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid cannot afford any more slip-ups if the side is to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid has only one point from two matches, having lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk before snatching a 2-2 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach last week.   -  Reuters

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says his side cannot afford any more slip-ups if it is to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages and that the players must be prepared for another physical battle at home to Inter Milan on Tuesday.

The Spanish champion props up Group B with one point from two matches, having lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk before snatching a 2-2 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach last week.

“Inter are a good team, very physical and play good football. It's a final for us,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.

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“There is always talk from the outside about what we have to change, but these guys are competitive. They want to win, and I can say this as a coach.

“We always aspire to win everything that we're involved in, we always want to show that we're good and that we want more,” he added.

Madrid has struggled as an attacking force since the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema -- who helped the club to its last four Champions League triumphs -- was disbanded, with only the France striker remaining.

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Having recovered from persistent injuries, Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Madrid in over a year in Saturday's 4-1 home win over Huesca in La Liga.

Zidane is confident the Belgium forward will continue to improve and form a lethal attacking partnership with Benzema and Marco Asensio in the coming years.

“The players who are here always want to make history, they always want more and to prove themselves,” he said. “These three are important and I'm sure they can define an era in Madrid,” he added.

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