Champions League "Lucky" Zidane determined to win group

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists the European champions aren't prepared to settle for second place behind Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group F despite the potential for an easier last 16 tie.

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane gives a press conference in Madrid on December 6, 2016 play

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane gives a press conference in Madrid on December 6, 2016

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists the European champions aren't prepared to settle for second place behind Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group F despite the potential for an easier last 16 tie.

Madrid need to beat the German giants at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to secure top spot and the second leg of their last 16 clash at home.

However, given Real can't face Barcelona or Atletico Madrid even if they do finish second, as clubs from the same country are kept apart, winning the group could prove more dangerous with Bayern Munich or Pep Guardiola's Manchester City potential opponents.

"We're only thinking about winning. We're not going to look at or think about other things," said the Frenchman, who led Madrid to their 11th European Cup in his first season in charge in May.

"We want to finish top of the group."

Real extended an unbeaten run stretching back to April to 33 games thanks to Sergio Ramos's stoppage time equaliser at Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday to maintain a six-point lead over Barca at the top of La Liga.

Indeed, Real remain on course for five trophies this season having already pocketed the European Super Cup and with the Club World Cup to come in Japan later this month.

'Still hungry'

"You have to highlight the side's work rate," added Zidane.

"Each player is very professional, they all work very hard, they are experienced but still hungry. They've won a lot but they still want to win more and more."

However, despite the stellar start to his coaching career in line with his feats as one of the greatest players of his generation, Zidane remains humble enough to admit luck has been on his side during a rollercoaster ride in 2016.

"It's true I'm lucky. I do what I love everyday. I have the luck to be at this great club," he added.

"But it is not just luck, it is the hard work and passion for what I do that helps. I love football."

Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos (L) and forward Alvaro Morata attend a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions league football match Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund at the Real Madrid's training ground on December 6, 2016 play

Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos (L) and forward Alvaro Morata attend a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions league football match Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund at the Real Madrid's training ground on December 6, 2016

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Madrid received a double injury boost as Alvaro Morata and Toni Kroos returned to training on Tuesday leaving just Gareth Bale as Zidane's only absentee.

By contrast, Dortmund suffered a double blow as Mario Goetze didn't travel to the Spanish capital, whilst Marco Reus is doubtful due to a cold.

Reus missed the 2-2 draw with Madrid back in September, but has been a consistent thorn in Real's side in six previous meetings since 2012.

Dortmund's top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will also be out to impress.

The African Player of the Year has never hidden his desire to one day sign for Real and fulfil a promise he made to his Spanish grandfather before he passed away two years ago.

"In any moment he can make the difference," said Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.

"I believe it is normal he wants to play for Real Madrid at some point. I think all the best players want to play with the best teams in the world and Real Madrid are without doubt one of the best.

"Tomorrow there is always pressure to play in the Bernabeu and to play for first in the group. Auba likes pressure, he needs that pressure."

And Tuchel believes the benefit from beating Madrid to top spot in the group will come from the confidence in deposing the European champions rather than an easier tie in the last 16.

"The confidence of winning or drawing here at this level, this atmosphere, that is the value of winning group," he added.

"It is not an advantage for the next round from my point of view."

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