Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Zidane rules out Real guard of honour for Barca

Zidane rules out Real guard of honour for Barca

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a special video message to Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic's son.

However, Zidane, is hoping that Wales's all-time record goalscorer would stay at the club beyond this season. "You say he's playing less or in less important games, but for me that's not the case".

With a third successive Champions League trophy now the main priority, Zidane is expected to make a number of changes for the derbi, with Spain under-21 global Jesus Vallejo deputising for Raphael Varane at centre-back.

In one of the most packed weekend's of the season thus far, Pep Guardiola will come up against his old foe Jose Mourinho in Saturday's late kick-off, with the game getting under way at 5:30pm.

Barcelona lead the Primera Liga by nine points with eight matches left and entertain Real in the penultimate round of the season.

Zindedine Zidane has said he believes Gareth Bale will stay at the Bernabeu.

We do have recognition towards Madrid, for what they have achieved this year.

Barring a collapse, Barcelona is expected to have the title wrapped up by the time Real Madrid arrive at Camp Nou on May 5 for the season's final El Clasico. We can not sit back or try and play any other way. He's an important player but others played against Juventus and did very well.

They will, however, be offered no 'pasillo' by Real, with Zidane considering that custom to have been broken.

On the Madrid derby: "we are going to concentrate on tomorrow's game, what we are going to think about is the three points tomorrow, we want to try to cut out points".

"Barca broke the [tradition], so it does not exist any more".

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