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Finish Well Real

Finish Well Real

Basically, Zinedine Zidane, as Real Madrid bring an end to the American tour with a meeting against an MLS All-Star team, is looking for Los Blancos to 'finish well'.

A victory at Soldier Field ahead of the return to Spain, prior to the European Super Cup against Manchester United, is Zidane's aim but with the season approaching avoiding injuries remains the main thing.

He explained this in his news conference telling he's also been pleased by some areas from pre-season but Zizou obviously hasn't been bowled over by the result.

'We're hoping to play well and win the match. But the most important thing is to finish the last match well. We've worked very well and not picked up any injuries. We've got this game and then there's not long to go until the first official match on the 8th. After these four games we'll be in good shape. The most important thing is to finish well and then return home.'

Adding: 'Physically the team looks good to me. We've worked hard, like last year. I'm not happy with the results, but in the matches there have been very good things and some not so good things, but that's normal in every pre-season'

Having marked his first full campaign as boss at the Santiago Bernabeu by retaining the Champions League, of course won during his first season too after replacing Rafael Benitez, Zidane claimed a first La Liga title since 2012 too.

Not a bad start to his career as coach to be fair.

Zidane's happy with his achievements so far and as long as this remains the case he'll continue doing what he does and the Frenchman aims to keep writing history at the best club in the world.

'I'm passionate, I've always liked being on a football field as a player and a coach. The day that I see that I am not happy I'll change. But at the moment I like what I do and I'm happy. I'm at the best club in the world and I'm writing my history as a player and now as a coach.'

Much has been made of Gareth Bale's form, in fact his future, lack of it according to speculation, at the Bernabeu but Zidane's been pleased with his pre-season progress and doesn't feel his form, Real's in general, should be a concern.

'He looks good to me, little by little, he's had a long injury. The pre-season has been very good since the beginning. I'm not worried about his performance, because the whole team has had good moments and not as good moments.'

With Cristiano Ronaldo's tax evasion case dominating the Portuguese's summer, well, that and speculation he could leave, Zidane's confident he'll be in good shape when he links up with the Real squad later this week and hopes we can then focus in football not court cases and Los Blancos exits.

'He is calm, taking advantage of the holidays. Now that he is over 31 he's relaxed and he'll be with us on the 5th. We hope that after the 5th we'll not be speaking about this. I've not spoken to him directly. He's already happy because it's over. It's been good news for him and now he's already thinking about football. He wants to be with us and talk about football and prepare for the season,' said Zidane.

As for the actual game against the MLS All-Stars he concluded: 'We don't know how they're going to play, but we do know how we're going to play. It's a very good team and it's going to be an interesting match. We're looking forward to a good match for everyone and for the fans.'

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Writer:Raul Madrid
Date:Wednesday August 2 2017
Time: 2:40PM

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