Newly appointed Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane targets to win UEFA Champions League in his debut season.
It has been only a matter of few hours since the Real Madrid legend replaced Rafael Benitez, but the Frenchman is not short of confidence and ambition in his first spell in management in the top flight.
Talking to the press, the Champions League winner with the Whites in 2002 went on to say that his motivation and desire to succeed will substitute for his lack of experience at this level.
“To win is essential at this club. We are in the last 16, and the target always is to win the Champions League and I will try to make that possible.” as reported by Fox Sports.
“I’ve got good feelings, but I have to say never is a coach fully prepared, especially a coach who has never managed at this level before, but I feel kind of prepared. I have motivation and hope and all that will help me.”
Zidane also played down comparisons with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
“You cannot do that comparison, Guardiola is Guardiola, and I will do my best,” the 43-year old added.
“Guardiola is a fantastic coach, and what he is doing is very impressive, I will not compare myself with anyone. I never did it as a player and I won’t do it now.”
David Beckham who played alongside Zidane at the Bernabeu is delighted at the appointment of his former team-mate and believes that he is the best man for the job.
“Does it get any better than this?? A man that has been the best at a game we all love taking over a club that myself and many more people love.”
“Someone with drive, passion and also doesn’t accept failure on any level taking over from a manager that has huge experience and respect in the game, but taking on a position that he will relish.”
Zidane also quashes the transfer rumors linking Isco and James Rodriguez by insisting that all the players will be important to his team.
“James and Isco will be very important for the team. The important thing will be to motivate all players.”