Zidane: Real would not honour Barcelona title win

Ruben Holloway
April 8, 2018

Real Madrid will not give Barcelona a guard of honour if the Catalans have clinched the Spanish title before next month's Clasico, Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday. In Spain it has become traditional for opponents to form a guard of honour for the champions.

Zidane also faces a tricky decision over whether to rest players for the second leg of Madrid's Champions League quarter-final against Juventus on Wednesday evening.

With his side third in La Liga, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona with eight games remaining, Zidane is expected to shuffle his XI for Sunday's match.

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Teams usually perform the guard of honor routine for newly-crowned champs until the end of the season.

"It happened to us for a long time, especially when we couldn't score goals".

Tradition has dictated that La Liga's fiercest rivals will acknowledge the achievements of one another once top honours are secured.

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"The players that have played recently have put in great performances, which makes it more hard and means I have to make a decision".

This has led to reports of a wild $280 million price tag and also to Real Madrid and other rich clubs thinking of plying him from Liverpool (We've made the argument that the Egyptian is "unsellable" given Liverpool's goals under Jurgen Klopp). Let us know in the comments section below. "I still think he's an important player". "Tomorrow is very important - we must show we want to win and get the points".

On the back of his stunning display against Juventus in the Champions League last time out, all eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks certain to start against Los Rojiblancos despite a quick turnaround in games.

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