Zidane allows Madrid players to ‘disconnect’ before they face Man City

Zinedine Zidane has revealed that the players of Real Madrid will be allowed to ‘disconnect’ of football before the Champions League returns in the first week of August. Madrid played their final league match on Sunday and will now have three weeks off before they face Manchester City in their round of 16 second leg.

“It is not a holiday that we have now,” he said at his post match press conference. “Now, I don’t think about City. We want to disconnect a bit, then we will have all the time to think. We will have 10-15 days to think. We will disconnect. After these four or five days off, we go back and think about the Champions League. No stress or worries.”

“Until the last second we are going to fight to go to that final, but now you don’t have to think about the Champions League. It is time to rest and think about gathering strength. The final stretch has been a tremendous effort. Now we all need some relaxation. This is what we are going to do.”