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Zidane: 'I think very highly of Pochettino'

01 November 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on opposite number Mauricio Pochettino ahead of tonight's (Wednesday 1 November) Champions League meeting at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE.

Legendary former midfielder Zidane has led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles since taking the helm at the Bernabeu in January, 2016.

A fantastic servant to both Juventus and Real during his own career, the now 45-year-old had some kind words for our manager as he prepares to bring his troops to the national stadium on matchday four in Group H.

"I think very highly of Pochettino," Zidane said at his pre-match press conference. "He’s doing a fantastic job at Tottenham Hotspur, building a club that has very high aspirations. The results speak for themselves."

On the chance to play at Wembley, Zidane continued: "It’s a beautiful stadium and it’ll be a great spectacle but we’re here to win. Wembley means a lot but we’ve got two important teams and wonderful supporters.

"I played in the old stadium (but) I won’t have the good fortune of experiencing the new one, that’s for the players (tonight). It’s a great stage for us to play on, against a really great opposition. That’s something we like. It’s why we’re in football. The players will be prepared. It’s not been without complications in the build-up, but we’re ready to go out and do our job."

Real slipped to a shock defeat to Girona in La Liga on Sunday, the only blot on an otherwise perfect away record this season.

"After a defeat, of course people aren’t happy," added Zidane. "I like having the motivation of a big match coming up so we can go again and get back to winning ways. When the going gets tough, that’s when I work at my best. Life is like that. There are hard moments, but it’s important to keep working and come back stronger."

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.