Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media on the eve of the LaLiga leaders' week 28 clash away to Athletic Club on Saturday (16:15 CET).
As well as discussing the trip to Bilbao, he gave his thoughts on Real's Champions League pairing with a Bayern Munich team led by ex-Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Here's what Zidane had to say:
Quarter-final draw with Bayern: "There are no easy games at this stage. They're a tough draw, a really good team, but it's what we've been given."
Hot and cold balls: "It makes me laugh; enough about hot and cold balls. We know they don't exist now..."
Bayern: "They won't be afraid of us either. They've got a good side who are going well. It'll be a special tie for both clubs and for fans of football."
Master versus pupil: "That's true. I worked with him as his assistant [in 2013/14]. He's a great guy and we know what he achieved here."
"Coming up against Carlo Ancelotti will be very special"
Ancelotti: "Coming up against Carlo will be very special. I learned a lot by his side. He's a coach who achieved big things at Real. I'm happy to be going up against him; it'll be a fantastic tie."
Box-office quarter-final: "I live for these moments. When I was a player, I preferred these types of ties. I'm excited by these kinds of ties."
LaLiga the immediate focus: "We have to forget about the Champions League for now, because right now it's about the league. We have a tough, really important game [against Athletic] that'll have a major bearing come the end of the season."
As good as champions with win? "I don't know about it being a title-winning victory; what I do know is that they're three very valuable points for us."
Tough trip: "Athletic haven't lost [at San Mamés] since their defeat to Barcelona [in August]. We know it'll be a tough game, one of the most difficult that we have ahead of us. The ground will be a cauldron."
Will the BBC start at San Mamés? "You'll see tomorrow [Saturday]. We're ready and that's the most important thing."
Title destiny in Real's hands: "We'll be under pressure right to the end. If we can repeat what we did last year [winning their last 12 LaLiga games], then perfect. It's in our hands and we'll see what we can do game by game."
Signing Kylian Mbappé: "He almost joined Real Madrid and in the end he went to Monaco. I can't talk about that. What we do know is that he's a terrific player and what he's doing at his age is fantastic. [But] what we do in tomorrow's game is what's most important to me."
- Roque Mesa1007Passes
*Update 17 de marzo de 2017