MADRID – Zinedine Zidane hoped that the Clásico that is being played this weekend against Barcelona would not be the last for either Sergio Ramos or, much less, for Lionel Messi: “Let him stay at Barça, he’s fine there,” he joked the Frenchman who also stressed that “it is good for LaLiga.”
Beyond Zidane’s smile, the Real Madrid coach is not worried about Messi’s “bad streak” in the classics, where he has six without scoring.
“We know the player that Messi is. He may be unmarked, but we know the player that he is. We are going to play against Barça and they are all very good. We are going to try to curb their forces, because there are many.”
Regarding Ramos himself, whose renewal continues without progress, according to ESPN, Zidane became publicly wet again: “I hope it is not his last Clásico and he stays here,” said the Madrid coach.
Neither Sergio Ramos nor Dani Carvajal arrive in time for the game against Barça. Eden Hazard’s case is different. The Belgian trained with the rest of the group all week and had options to enter the call, but Zidane ruled out the former Chelsea to avoid risk of relapse, so Vinicius Jr is running as a starter.
“We are happy with Vini. Eden cannot be there. We have had problems with the injured, but we have a long squad and everyone is committed. We are enjoying Vinicius, but we have to leave him alone. We do not have to talk much, he is very young. He is calm and I am happy, because there is a lot of noise, “Zidane publicly advised the young forward.
Real Madrid are in good spirits after the advantage they gained in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against Liverpool. The good feelings have been increasing compared to the start of the championship and, even, the whites still have options to win La Liga, being three points behind Atletico Madrid and two points from Barça.
Finally, regarding the classic, Zidane insisted that he is preparing it “in the same way as another game” and avoided talking about whether the winner of it could be the next league champion.
“Atlético is the one with the advantage and until the end we are all going to have to play. I have been saying that for a long time. It is a very competitive and very good League. Until the end we will not know who the champion is. There are many points left. “, sentenced the French coach.