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Zinedine Zidane ready to adapt to new Champions League format


The last-16 fixtures which are still yet to be played is being scheduled for August 7-8, with no confirmation of venues yet.

And Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes, the proposed format is the best solution in ensuring that this season’s competition is completed.

“We are living a special moment and everything will be special,” Zidane told a news conference ahead of Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Valencia. “We know the format, how it will be, but we still do not know where we will play the return leg against City.

“We will adapt. If it has to be in Lisbon or Manchester, we will play. First we are going to try to progress against City.

“The important thing is to play again and we are happy, but this formula for the Champions does not seem bad to me.


“I like it. It’s okay to decide everything in the same place.”

Los Blancos were back in La Liga action for the first time after three months with a convincing 3-1 win over Eibar last Sunday, though Zidane believes his side could have done better.

But the gaffer ruled out difficulties in Madrid trying to improve their game against the lesser teams in the top-flight.

“We had a game where we started very well, we scored two or three goals in half an hour,” he added. “We found it difficult afterwards to maintain throughout the game, which is what happened against Eibar.

“This is a very difficult league. I have emotions and I can be a bit upset when things don’t go well, but we scored three goals and we played with intensity.”


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