Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz has spoken of his admiration for Zinedine Zidane and his impact at Real Madrid.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League tie between the Bundesliga side and Madrid, Bosz chose to praise Zidane for his style of play and the success he has had with the Spanish club.
“I really like to watch Real Madrid. They play nice football with players that have excellent technique. Ever since Zidane arrived, they have played like this and it is pleasing to see,” he told reporters in his pre-match press conference.
The Bundesliga side have been in excellent form of late, having conceded just one goal in six league matches this season, scoring 19 goals in the process.
Sandwiched in those fixtures was a 3-1 opening Champions League defeat to English side Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, whilst Madrid have stuttered in La Liga, sitting sixth and seven points behind rivals Barcelona.
Despite that, Bosz believes form has no bearing on Tuesday’s fixture, saying: “For me, it’s not a test. We are in good form, they are an extraordinary opponent and I am happy for the game to be here.
“I don’t believe that they are vulnerable with injuries. We have some injuries too and we still manage to play our brand of football. Real Madrid’s squad is very big and those injuries can be overcome. I don’t think they are vulnerable because of that.”
Bosz has various injury problems at present with Bartra (match fitness), Schmelzer (ankle), Guerreiro (broken foot), Durm (hip), Rode (pelvis), Reus (knee) – all ruled out.
However, he does have a selection headache in the final third, with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Maximilian Philipp and Andrey Yarmolenko all competing to place either side of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
One added bonus for Bosz’s side is that there are only four clubs remaining to have avoided defeat in each of their first six home games with Madrid; Inter and AC Milan, Bayern Munich and of course, Dortmund – who have three wins and three draws with Zidane’s side at their home ground.