Zidane Task Real to Use their Heads against Wolfsburg

first_img“We’re not going to win the game in 10 or 15 minutes, and they could really complicate things if they score a goal. Anything can happen in football, but we have to be concentrated from the first minute.“Above all we need to play football,” he added.“They (Wolfsburg) are going to start with intensity and we need the same intensity and it’s going to be decided with the ball, how much we fight and run. Everyone is going to do that but the most important thing is we play football.”Zidane confirmed striker Karim Benzema is fit to start after being forced off in the first half at the Wolfsburg Arena with a knee injury and missing Madrid’s 4-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.Former midfielder Zidane was part of the last Real team to overturn a first-leg defeat in a Champions League knockout round, inspiring a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in a quarter-final second leg in 2002 on their way to lifting the trophy.“I remember that we won the game, this club has always had extraordinary comebacks and tomorrow’s game is a chance for another one,” Zidane said. “I don’t need to say too much to the players because they know exactly what’s at stake. I’ve seen the faces of the players, they’re very focussed on the game and that’s the most important thing.”Asked if the difficulty of the task of beating Wolfsburg by at least three goals would make it easier to accept being knocked out of the competition, Zidane gave a defiant response.“This team is never prepared to not go through, we are always ready to continue and we always want to win more, we’re the team with the most European Cups for a reason,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane has warned his players to play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in tonight’s Champions League quarter-final second leg.The Real players have cranked up the atmosphere before the match at the Bernabeu with defender Dani Carvajal saying it would be like a war, but Zidane is wary of his players becoming over-excited during the match.“There are a lot of messages about firing ourselves up but we need the opposite, it’s a hugely important game and we have to use our heads,” Zidane told a news conference yesterday.last_img read more

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Syracuse focuses on limiting miscues during bye week

first_imgSyracuse has had nearly two weeks to sort out the causes of four weeks worth of miscues.The bye week came at a time when the penalties, turnovers and miscues were mounting for the 1-3 Orange. With an extra week to prepare for its Big East opener against Pittsburgh on Friday, Syracuse zoned in on working to limit the mistakes that helped sink the team in each of its three losses.“During the bye week, we obviously paid more attention to those things — turnovers, penalties, situations during the course of a game which are really hurting,” Marrone said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “Those are things we’ve worked on.”The head-scratching mistakes are perhaps the biggest culprit for a disappointing start to the season for Marrone and Syracuse. The Orange is seventh in the Big East in turnover margin per game at -1.5. That also puts Syracuse in a tie with three other teams for 109th in the country.SU’s 35 penalties, which have resulted in 271 lost yards, place the team fifth in the conference in total penalties for the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Turnovers have obviously hurt us. I think that’s the first way you put yourself in jeopardy of losing a game,” Marrone said. “We’ve done that consistently in the four games that we’ve played.”In Syracuse’s last game against Minnesota on Sept. 22, the Orange racked up 10 penalties for 79 yards and lost two of three fumbles. After the game, quarterback Ryan Nassib said the team “shot ourselves in the foot” with all the turnovers.Nassib is fifth in the country in passing yards per game with 341.8. Marcus Sales’ 95.5 yards per game put him at 20th in the country.Syracuse’s new-look, no-huddle offense has often shined, but the mistakes are casting a dark cloud over the team’s ability to reverse the losing trend.Marrone also said the team worked on its “tight” red-zone offense this week, which has been poor through four games. Tackling has been another issue for SU, and it was a point of emphasis during the bye week.“Everyone understands that if we can clean those things up — not that it’s going to guarantee us a win — but it’ll give us a much better opportunity,” Marrone said.Friday night lightsWhile Friday’s game against Pittsburgh will be in primetime and on national television, Marrone said he hopes his players don’t feel extra motivation simply because of that.Opening up the conference schedule coming off a loss and needing to turn the season around should be enough to fire the players up. The players shouldn’t need to draw off playing a primetime game to find their motivation, Marrone said.“As a coach, you hope that’s not the case,” Marrone said. “You hope that, you have a limited amount of opportunities per year in this game, you put a lot of work into it.”The last time the Orange played on a Friday night was one of the team’s signature wins under Marrone. Syracuse beat West Virginia 49-23 and seemed to have taken a major step. Instead, the team went into a tailspin and lost its final five games of the season.Still, Marrone has seen what his team can do when it plays well. Too often this season, that hasn’t happened. Trying to find a way to get this team to resemble the one that beat the Mountaineers a year ago is the head coach’s challenge this week.“The team has worked extremely hard,” Marrone said. “I think they’re focused in the areas that we have to do a better job of.” Comments Published on October 2, 2012 at 12:11 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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