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Published: 10:09 | 6/1/16

Zidane targets Champions League


New Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will do everything he can to reach the 'clear targets' he has set.

Zidane has been promoted from manager of the club's B team Castilla to take charge of the senior team following Rafael Benitez's sacking on Monday, inheriting a side that is third in La Liga.

Although he admits he is not 'fully prepared' for the job, Zidane has set his sights on silverware with the Champions League top of the list.

"For me it is very simple, I'm very happy to be here. I have clear targets and I'm going to do everything I can to reach those targets," he told a press conference on Tuesday.

"Good football has always been important at this place, and I am going to continue that. It has to be offensive football, balanced, and nothing else.

"I have seen a team that is focused, happy and switched on and we're all happy.

"To win is essential at this club. We are in the last 16, and the target always is to win the Champions League and I will try to make that possible.

"I've got good feelings, but I have to say never is a coach fully prepared, especially a coach who has never managed at this level before, but I feel kind of prepared. I have motivation and hope and all that will help me."

Inevitably there have been comparisons with Pep Guardiola, who took over at Barcelona after just a year with the B team and went on to deliver 14 trophies in four years.

"You cannot do that comparison, Guardiola is Guardiola, and I will do my best," he added.

"Guardiola is a fantastic coach, and what he is doing is very impressive, I will not compare myself with anyone. I never did it as a player and I won't do it now."

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