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'I will never be Madrid's Alex Ferguson', jokes Zidane, as Real progress in Champions League

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GERMAN TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW

VIDEO SHOWS: PRESS CONFERENCES BY ZINEDINE ZIDANE AND MARCO ROSE

SHOWS:

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1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"Well, I will never be Madrid's Alex Ferguson, I'm sure of that. What I really want is to enjoy what I'm doing, I don't know for how long I will stay here so I don't even think about it, what I think is day by day and how lucky I am to be here in this great club with these players."

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2. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID KARIM BENZEMA CELEBRATING A GOAL

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"But I don't know until when, it's already for a long time now in Spain in Madrid and I want to continue a bit longer."

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4. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SHAKING HANDS WITH BORUSSIA MOENCHEGLADBACH COACH, MARCO ROSE

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5. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"No I am ok, happy for the match in the end I think we played a great match. We knew what we were playing for, an important match where we had to win and in the end we ended as top of the group and that was what we wanted. I think we started playing well from the first minute, the first half was spectacular and also the second half I think we confirmed what we did in the match last Saturday playing even better."

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6. STILL PHOTO SHOWING BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH GOALKEEPER YANN SOMMER MAKING A SAVE

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7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"I'm not thinking in what can be said because what we can do is control what we do when we are on the pitch and now I'm happy for the players again because they are also the ones suffering much with what is said and at the end they showed again what they are as a team so I'm happy."

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8. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID KARIM BENZEMA SHOOTING

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9. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"If you watch the match, all Madrid fans can be happy and proud of the team and that is what I care about, I think the fans today have to be very proud of the team they know that we will always give everything on the pitch sometimes with difficulties but today I really enjoyed the match as a football fan."

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10. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID SERGIO RAMOS AND BORUSSIA MOENCHEGLADBACH ALASSANE PLEA IN ACTION

11. STILL PHOTO SHOWING BORUSSIA MOENCHEGLADBACH CELEBRATING PROGRESSING TO KNOCKOUT STAGE

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12. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BORUSSIA MOENCHEGLADBACH COACH, MARCO ROSE, SAYING:

To follow

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13. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID KARIM BENZEMA IN ACTION

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14. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BORUSSIA MOENCHEGLADBACH COACH, MARCO ROSE, SAYING:

To follow

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15. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID LUCAS VAZQUEZ IN ACTION

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16. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BORUSSIA MOENCHEGLADBACH COACH, MARCO ROSE, SAYING:

To follow

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17. STILL PHOTO SHOWING REAL MADRID KARIM BENZEMA IN ACTION

STORY: A relieved Zinedine Zidane admitted that his position at Real Madrid had been under pressure, joking "I will never be Madrid's Alex Ferguson, I'm sure of that," after his side produced their best performance of a stop-start campaign, strolling to a 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase on Wednesday (December 9).

Madrid's future in Europe's top competition was on the line going into the game but the 13-times European champions showed their class and experience, easily beating the Germans thanks to two first-half headers from Karim Benzema.

"We played a spectacular game from the first minute to the last," Zidane told reporters.

"We interpreted the game very well, I think it was the most complete performance of the season."

Zidane's side had begun the evening third in Group B but finished top to ensure they will be seeded in next Monday's draw for the last 16.

Gladbach came second to progress to the knockouts as well.

(Production: Miguel Pereira)

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