Following a 3-1 win over Club Brugge, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he has no concerns over who they face in the knockout stages, joking they’d even beat holders Liverpool.
Real Madrid were already through to the last 16, before the fixture. With Zidane opting to feature a younger squad, as they beat Club Brugge 3-1 on the night.
Finishing as second seeds, Real Madrid will face one of the winners from the groups, of which one could be reigning Champions Liverpool.
Zidane is however confident his side can deal with whatever obstacle is thrown their way, and when asked about Monday’s draw, he said: “If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them. We can’t do anything about the draw.”
Speaking on the win, Zidane said: “We were delighted with this win, mostly because we put in a serious performance. I’m satisfied with the guys I chose and what they produced.”
“I reckon we deserved the three points because we were very effective in front of goal. Club Brugge had their merits, but we dominated the second half.”
Amongst other issues, including Gareth Bale’s omission and Vinicius flourishing partnership with Rodrygo. One major concern, however, would be summer signing Luka Jovic, who was again unable to make a positive impression.
Zidane, however, doesn’t see a problem with that but concedes he needs more playing time.
“I don’t think he feels lost,” he said. “He has played little and a player needs to play a lot to be well.
“I think he has done well and has to continue working as he does. It’s a problem of mine, it’s not yours. He needs to continue working and, every time he plays, respond.
“It’s not easy because he doesn’t play much, but knows the situation. He needs to play, it’s true.”