Real Madrid must play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesdayâ€™s Champions League quarter-final second leg, manager Zinedine Zidane said.
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.
â€œThere are a lot of messages about firing ourselves up but we need the opposite, itâ€™s a hugely important game and we have to use our heads,â€� Zidane told a news conference on Monday.
â€œWeâ€™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.
â€œAbove all we need to play football,â€� he added.
â€œThey (Wolfsburg) are going to start with intensity and we need the same intensity and itâ€™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.â€�
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 Madridâ€™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.
â€œI remember that we won the game, this club has always had extraordinary comebacks and tomorrowâ€™s game is a chance for another one,â€� Zidane said.
â€œI donâ€™t need to say too much to the players because they know exactly whatâ€™s at stake. Iâ€™ve seen the faces of the players, theyâ€™re very focused on the game and thatâ€™s the most important thing.â€�
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.
â€œThis team is never prepared to not go through, we are always ready to continue and we always want to win more, weâ€™re the team with the most European Cups for a reason,â€� he said.