Saturday, May 05, 2018

Zidane Explain Why Real Madrid Won't Give Barca a Guard of Honour

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says his side will not offer La Liga winners Barcelona a guard of honour because they did not do the same after Real's World Club Cup triumph earlier this season.

Ernesto Valverde's men, who are still unbeaten in the Spanish top flight, were crowned champions last week ahead of Sunday's clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has suggested they should be given a guard of honour - known as a 'pasillo' in Spain - before the game.

 However, Zidane has rejected that request, reiterating his team will not uphold the tradition because Barcelona failed to offer them the same courtesy in the first Clasico of the season in December, shortly after Real had won the Club World Cup.

 "I am not the one who decides if there is a pasillo," Zidane said. "We must explain the situation - after the Club World Cup I understand it was not important for them to do it. "Some say it is as they were not in the competition, but that is not true.

You have to win the Champions League to get to the Club World Cup, and we are all in that.

 "So they did not do it. We respect what Barca have done, to win La Liga is the most difficult, I have always said that. I congratulate them.

 "If they had done the pasillo... I am not breaking any tradition, but neither will I do something that they did not do."

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