ROMA - REAL MADRID

"Marcelo will only play if he’s 100 percent fit"

“It’s a special competition for the club, for me and above all for the players," said the Real Madrid manager ahead of Roma match.

"Marcelo will only play if he’s 100 percent fit"
TIZIANA FABI AFP

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press ahead of Real Madrid’s match against Roma at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night.

What do you need to do to go through? “We have to start the game strongly. It’s another difficult match. Roma are a good side, they know how to play. But I’m relaxed because we’ve had a good week and we’re ready for this game.”

What advice would you give Totti over his future? “That’s Totti’s decision. He has been playing very well, he’s a phenomenon. For me it’s always a pleasure to see a player like him on the pitch.”

Madrid have failed to go through against Italian teams eight times… “There are two games. We want to go through to the next round. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got and we’ll see what happens. What is in the past is in the past. My obligation is to look to the future.”

How is Marcelo? “Marcelo will only play if he’s 100 percent fit. We’ll have to see what happens. He has to get a good night’s sleep and then we’ll see. I think he’ll be able to play. But for a game like this in a competition like this you have to be 100 percent.”

Is this a special competition for you? “It’s a special competition for the club, for me and above all for the players. We all know the special history we have in the Champions League. The most important thing is that we are ready and we are. We are in good shape physically. We’ll give it everything.”