Zidane: I know Ancelotti very well and he knows me very well.



Zinedine Zidane is ready to take on the Bavarians in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid play Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the quarter-final first-leg of Europe's elite competition and Zidane doesn't feel his relationship with Ancelotti would affect the tie.

"I know him very well and he knows me very well but that doesn't mean anything," he said.

"It's not a disadvantage or an advantage. There's a game tomorrow and I think that it's two very good teams coming up against each other and that's it. We're not playing against Carlo.

"I learnt many, many things [from Ancelotti]. But, as you know, I'm not going to tell you what I learnt with him. But it was many things."

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Zidane is expecting Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to step up to the plate on the day.


"They are experienced players, very good players and they are players who are criticised," the Frenchman said.

"The better you are the more criticised you are but they know it and are accustomed to it.

"I've got three players there with a lot of character and they're not afraid of these kind of situations. In fact, the opposite, these are the games that they love.

"We know they're important but we have a unit, a very strong team and a balanced team. Our idea is always the same. We are going out to win as always."

Zidane added: "I'm not talking about the game three years ago. What happened, happened. It was spectacular but this is another game against another opponent, perhaps a better, stronger opponent."

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