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Zidane refuses to appoint a guard of honor for Barcelona

08 April, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona La Liga

If Real beat Atletico in Sunday's Madrid derby and Barca win their next four fixtures, Ernesto Valverde's side will have clinched a 25th title by the time of the Clasico on May 6 at the Nou Camp. In Spain it has become traditional for opponents to form a guard of honour for the champions.

The bicycle kick was a classic of the genre, a goal so good even Zinedine Zidane, no stranger to great Champions League goals, didn't seem to believe what he'd seen.

Barcelona now sit atop the La Liga table nine points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 13 ahead of bitter rivals Real.

Barca's head of institutional relations Guillermo Amor said in December that his club had declined to repeat the guard of honour for Real as they had not participated in the Club World Cup.

But when asked about the possibility of his side giving Barcelona a guard of honour Zidane said no.

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Another strike against the Citizens on Saturday would be the most goals he has scored in a single campaign during his career. He is a guy who is never injured and a guy who always wants to play and has more energy to keep going. "So, no.

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

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

Apart from Salah, Real Madrid have several players on the agenda with Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and David De Gea being the other targets that the Los Blancos are after. Regardless of how the rest of the season goes, Gareth is a Madrid player and my feeling is he will stay here.

"That is normal as players want to play all the games", he said. Afterwards, as always, you never know what's going to happen with you or the players. I have to take decisions but if he doesn't play two games it doesn't mean anything.

"Atletico deserve to be in second, but we can cut the distance and we will try and do that".

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