• Real Madrid.Zidane leaves Bale and James at home

The coach of Real Madrid, Zinédine Zidane, has assured that the Welshman Gareth Bale "has preferred not to play" the second leg of the knockout stage of the Champions League this Friday against Manchester City, although he has stated that he has " a relationship of respect "with him, and he has stated that they are" focused "on overcoming the" disadvantage "in the" final "against those of Pep Guardiola.

"Many things are said, we have a relationship of respect from player to coach. He has preferred not to play. The rest is between him and me," he declared at the press conference prior to the duel, assuring that the reason was "personal". , although "no" has disappointed him. "I respect Gareth and all the players a lot, and things should be left in the dressing room. Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player, he does not change anything. He preferred not to play, it is the only thing I can say," he added.

The one that will be available will be the Belgian Eden Hazard, recovered from the problems that have prevented him from playing most of this season. "He has had a little bit of discomfort at the end of LaLiga, but he is much better now. We have had a lot of time to prepare for the game and he is fine and with confidence," he said. "With his injury, playing every two to three days, it has been difficult to recover. Hopefully he can continue without problems and without discomfort," he continued.

Regarding the duel against the 'citizen' team, the French coach stressed that they are going to need "all the players involved, thinking only of tomorrow's game." "We know that there is a disadvantage in the first leg, but we are focused and we know that tomorrow will be another final. We are going to try to play a good match," he explained.

"It is going to be a good football match between two very good teams. We are prepared, we know the situation. We face this final prepared, there are four finals if we want to reach the final," he concluded.

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