Zidane stands by no guard of honour call
REAL MADRID coach Zinedine Zidane has defended the decision for his players not to form a guard of honour for La Liga champions Barcelona in tonight’s Clasico at the Nou Camp.
Ernesto Valverde’s Barca clinched the title last weekend with a 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna.
Zidane is irked that the Catalan club did not see his side out onto the pitch after their Club World Cup triumph in December.
“They did not do it (for us) and we, with respect, are not going to do it because they did not do it,” admitted Zidane.
The deposed champions head to Barcelona 15 points adrift of their hosts and amid reports they may rest the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos with one eye on their Champions League final date with Liverpool later this month, but Zidane insists there will be no lack of motivation from the visitors.
“You do not have to think about the injuries, and have to play the match with intensity, which is the best way to prepare for the final,” said the Frenchman, whose side sit third but still have second-placed Atletico Madrid in their sights.