Real Madrid – La Liga Filling in for the coach in the press conference
With Zinedine Zidane having tested positive for COVID-19, his assistant David Bettoni filled in for his boss in Friday’s press conference.
The first question he was asked was about Zidane’s state and if he’d had the chance to speak with him.
“I spoke this morning with the coach and he is doing very well,” Bettoni revealed.
“He loves football and it’s his passion. He is happy to coach this great club.
“He is doing well, although he is sad not to be with us.
“Even if he isn’t with us physically, we know he’ll be with us.”
The coach was also asked about a couple of the injuries in the group.
“With Sergio Ramos, he is in his recovery process and he won’t be with us tomorrow,” the coach said with respect to the Alaves game on Saturday.
“Dani Carvajal trained a little with us, but he won’t be with us either and will be able to train normally from Monday.”
The assistant was then asked about how the process will work during Saturday’s game.
“Zidane won’t be with us physically, but he’ll be with us during the game to support the players and to help us all,” was his slightly vague answer.
Pressed on this, he said that the finer details would be kept inside the club.
One of the day’s other big stories was brought up too, the potential departure of Martin Odegaard.
“What happened with Martin is something that I don’t know too well,” Bettoni said.
“I’m the assistant coach and there are some things that I don’t follow too closely, so I can’t give the exact context.
“He is an important member of the squad and we’ll see what happens with him in the coming days.”
Finally, he was asked about recent refereeing decisions and the decisions that Real Madrid haven’t been given and that rivals such as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been given.
“I don’t think anything special,” he said about the officiating.
“It’s difficult to referee and there are decisions in favour and there are decisions against.”