Thursday 23 January 2020

Zidane focus on the pitch for El Clasico

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will not let an unusual build-up to El Clasico at Barcelona affect his side.

Madrid and their fierce rivals Barca will travel to the Nou Camp from the same hotel two hours before kick-off amid security concerns.

Tonight's La Liga game was originally supposed to be played in October but it was postponed due to safety fears surrounding the violent protests in Catalonia.

Those concerns remain, and with more protests planned, it was confirmed that both teams will share the same hotel before the match - the Hotel Princesa Sofia close to the ground.

Zidane said: "That's something different for us. We've been told that we have to leave together and that's what we'll do.

"There's nothing else to explain. The important thing is that the game goes ahead.

"We've got to put all of our energy into performing on the pitch and have to believe that it'll go ahead. Tomorrow we'll have a game of football to play."

Once the football gets under way it will be an intriguing battle as both sides are level on points at the top of the table.

Barcelona are ahead on goal difference, but Los Blancos are confident of continuing their good run of form and avenging a 5-1 loss in the Nou Camp last term.

"We go into the game in good shape," Zidane added. "We've been playing well for some time now and have been achieving results in all departments, both mentally and in footballing terms.

"We're enjoying a good spell."

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