Eden Hazard is ready to make his debut for Real Madrid in the Champions League and coach Zinedine Zidane believes the Belgian will become a “very important” player for Los Blancos.
The La Liga giants are preparing for a tantalising Champions League group opener away to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
Asked about Real’s summer signing, Zidane said: “I always thought about Hazard that he is a determined player, who can make the difference in some situations.
“He showed it, and the fact that he is with us now, makes that he will want to show that. He is going to be a very good player. I don’t want to compare, because I don’t like comparisons, but I think he is going to be a very important player for Real Madrid.
“His future will be surely formidable. I said it in French, but it’s the same (in Spanish).”
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo “an animal in front of goal” ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League opener between the sides.
Simeone prepares his side for a shot at revenge for last season’s elimination at the last 16 stage by the Serie A giants. But the Argentine admits it is hard to plan to play against someone like Portugal powerhouse Ronaldo.
“It is hard to prepare something against such a player. He’s an animal in front of the goal,” said Simeone.
“He has an incredible record and in any situation near the box, he’s dangerous. He needs to be watched. He’s not easy to control, he has it all, what can we say about everything he has?
“We have suffered from him before, sometimes we won, sometimes we lost, but he’s an animal in front of the goal.”
Carlo Ancelotti has thanked Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp after the German claimed his Napoli side could win the Champions League this season.
Holders Liverpool began the defence of their crown with a humbling 2-0 defeat away to the Serie A side on Tuesday.
Two goals inside the final 10 minutes of the game gave the Italians victory and slight revenge against the Reds who knocked them out of last season’s group stage on route to winning the trophy.
Dries Mertens netted from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute after Andrew Robertson was alleged to have felled Jose Callejon, before a stoppage time second for substitute Fernando Llorente.
The defeat leaves Klopp’s side third early on as Red Bull Salzburg thrashed Genk 6-2 to top Group E.
“I did not see the penalty after the match, I have no idea of what happened,” said Ancelotti.
“From the dugout it seemed like a clear one to me. I don’t want to discuss about this. If he (Jurgen Klopp) says that we can win the competition, I thank him because those are words coming from somebody who knows football very well.
“But we have a long way ahead of us. Right now we must focus just on qualifying for the knockout stage, that’s our first goal and we started well.”