Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, the champion of the Spanish Football League, has confirmed the return of his team captain Sergio Ramos from injury and joining the squad in the summit meeting (El Clasico) against arch-opponent Barcelona on Saturday.
Ramos went out during the half-time break of the match that ended with the Spanish champion’s surprise 1-0 defeat by Cadiz at the weekend, and he also did not participate in his team’s stumbling and defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine in the Champions League last Wednesday.
But he participated fully in the training of the royal team on Friday.
“He is the captain of our team. The head of the team. He overcame the impact of defeat but certainly we will not take any risk. He will be with us because the team needs 100 percent of the right players, and Sergio is the same now,” Zidane said at a press conference before the next summit.
Despite Ramos’ return, Real Madrid will play the confrontation at Barcelona’s Camp Nou without a number of first-team players, including Eden Hazard, Danny Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola and Martin Odegaard.
During the current week, there was a lot of talk and gossip about Zidane, and reports said that his continuation at the head of the coaching staff would be in danger if he lost in Catalonia, while the French coach affirms that he has the full support of the players and the club management alike.
“I won a lot with these players and they achieved a lot of victories with me, and I will continue with them until the end. They are the ones who fight, run and fight, and I can feel their support,” the former France international said.
“But until now, the most important thing is to change our methods because we have a lot of big matches to be able to do that during these matches. This is what makes football so great. When things go wrong, you have to show your personality and your quality,” Zidane added.
Zaidan added, “… I cannot deny that people say that my future is at stake, but it was last year and it was also during my first period here. I just have to do my job and ignore everything else.”
In Barcelona, on the other hand, he will return to the squad, Jordi Alba, but the team will play the match deprived of the efforts of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti who have been absent for a long time.