Zinedine Zidane has said that outsiders might have their doubts about his side’s current form, but he and his players believe in what they are doing.
“I don’t believe we have lost confidence,” the Los Blancos coach said. “We are confident about what we are doing. It is true that outsiders might have doubts, but not us. Every year this gets more difficult.
“If we are not brilliant sometimes, this can happen. But I am not worried about how we will play this year. La Liga is the most difficult league, I watch European football, and the games are not as difficult as in Spain. For us the difficulty is to maintain that high level over the season.”
“This will happen, opposition teams will cause you problems,” he said. “What we are concerned about is playing well, good football. If you do that then you create chances. [Dortmund] will try and cause us problems, but we will try and deal with their attacks.”
Midfielder Toni Kroos did not feature in Saturday’s game at Alaves with a rib problem, but Zidane said the Germany international would do all he can to prove his fitness at Monday evening’s training session in Dortmund.
“Toni Kroos is here with us, that means he is okay,” he said. “We will see at the last training session today. We know how important Toni is for our team.”
“It is difficult to play everywhere,” he said. “But it’s true that we have never won here, that is a challenge for us. When we go onto the pitch we aim to win the game. This is a real football stadium, where you breathe in the Champions League, and we like that.”
“Real have played very well for the last two years, but it’s a new season and we are also confident.
“Statistics will not help us but we know we are strong here at home.”