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Zidane: "It's an embarrassment that people are talking about a robbery"

The Real Madrid coach discussed the Champions League defeat of Juventus, the upcoming semi-final against Bayern, and Sunday's LaLiga clash with Málaga.

Zidane: "It's an embarrassment that people are talking about a robbery"

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press on Saturday about the dramatic victory over Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final, the semi-final draw against Bayern Munich, and the LaLiga match against Málaga on Sunday.

Real Madrid knock out Juventus

People spoke of a robbery after the penalty decision…

It’s embarrassing when people talk about a robbery. I’m really disappointed with what’s been said. Not about the penalty because that’s down to interpretation, for me it is and the referee gave it, but the stuff about the robbery. That has to stop.

Everyone has their own opinion on whether it was a penalty or not, I’m not going to discuss that, but I’m angry that people are talking of a robbery. What we’re doing annoys a lot of people. I’m going to defend my players. They played brilliantly and deserved to go through, no doubt.

Are you surprised by all the discussion?

I don’t think it’s normal. It’s a penalty. So what is it we’re talking about? Juve played really well, they made it 0-3, but we had chances and with the goal we went through to the semi-finals. All the talk that has been generated in the last three days is too much.

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Will referees be under greater scrutiny in the semi-finals?

I don’t think about that. We think about training well, and we’ve got to be positive and not think about bad refereeing.

Is there hatred towards Madrid?

There is, but nobody will change that. Nobody is going to change the history of this club, it’s the best club in the world. When you’re the best, people get jealous.

Bayern vs Madrid is 50/50

Do Madrid have an advantage over Bayern?

None. We’re going to play a really good team. It’s a 50/50. Bayern are better this year, they’re competing really well.

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Like everyone at Bayern, he’ll be highly motivated. He’s one part of a great team.

Preparation for Málaga

It’ll be more difficult after the Champions League match because we made an enormous effort, but we’ve managed ourselves really well in the last three days and now we’re prepared to do well in another LaLiga game.

Málaga are bottom of the league and maybe they don’t deserve to be there. I’ve seen Málaga and their position is surprising. It’s going to be difficult, but we’ll go there to win and they’re going to give it all.

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