Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he preferred avoiding the Italian champions Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Despite putting the Serie A giants to the sword in the Champions League final last season, French boss Zizou has stated that he did not want his Real Madrid side to draw Juventus over the two legs after the quarter-final draw took place in Switzerland on Friday.
A 4-1 victory at Cardiff against Massimiliano Allegri’s side last term handed the Los Blancos their 12th Champions League title but that did not stop Zidane from wishing he avoided his former club.
Zidane on Juventus Vs Real Madrid
The 45-year-old Madrid boss, who spent five seasons at Turin, was asked about his feeling when returning to the Italian outfit to which he replied, “Juve? I was there for five years and they’re an important club for me. Playing them fills me with emotion.”
However, Zidane went on to admit that he knows his job but still did not want to face them because of the admiration and love connection he has with the club, “To be honest, I’d have preferred to avoid them for several reasons. It’s a tie that’ll be played soon and I’ll be focused on it like the players, trying to put aside everything I experienced with [Juve]. Still, it’s true that I’ll keep them in mind. Juventus are a very competitive team and it’ll be complicated and different to overcome them.” said Zidane
On the blockbuster tie, Zidane finally mentioned, “Like always, it’ll be a tie that’s 50-50. We’re going to play the first leg at Juventus Stadium, and after that, we’ll see.” The holders of the elite trophy have won it twice under Zidane in charge and will be hoping to make it three times in a row this season.
Zidane is definitely overwhelmed with emotion at the prospect of returning to his former club. I’d like to believe he still has a deep-lying connection with the Juventus faithful. Although, Zidane will know that he is in charge of the defending champions and will not let any emotion get in the way of side progressing to Kyiv.