Takefusa Kubo on Real Madrid debut: "We should have beaten Bayern"

Madrid's Japanese player revealed what Zidane told him before he made his debut: "He told me to be confident, to be in the last 30 metres and in position to finish".


Takefusa Kubo made his first team debut for Zidane's Real Madrid this weekend, coming on as a half-time sub in the 3-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Bayern Munich. After the game, the Japanese player spoke to the media in the Mixed Zone.

Debut defeat

Disappointing start: "We lost 3-1 but I'm happy for making my debut. We really should have won and and that's why I feel a bit annoyed".

Zidane's words before going out onto the pitch: "He told me to be confident, to make sure I was always in the last 30 metres of the pitch and in a postion to put the ball away".

Real Madrid's Takefusa Kubo pictured during his debut against Bayern Munich

Take Kubo, a reference for Japanese players

Japanese football: "There aren't many Japanese players in Europe. At Real Madrid, there's just me. I love it that fans are really excited about me and I'd like to be a reference for Japanese players".

Being accepted by the fans: "Madrid have followers all over the world. That's motivate me a lot".

Fitting in: "My team mates are very friendly and they talk to me a lot".