The bitter rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona both of Spain come to the fore on Sunday as the two teams clash in another El-Classico and the excitement of that game is being threatened by a retaliation as Zinedine Zidane has said his team would not mount a guard of honour for Barcelona who is already crowned La Liga champions.
The Frenchman said Barça refused to give Real Madrid a guard of honour when they won the Club World Cup earlier in the year but said in a pre-match conference that Madrid will pay tribute to Andres Iniesta who will be departing Barça at the end of the season.
“Our tribute, like I said the other day, is that he is a player we admire, he’s not just any player, and how he is as a person is something we all know,” the coach said.
“We will wave to him, congratulate him and give him the best of luck for the future.”
On the reason for not giving Barcelona a guard of honour, he said, “I’m not the one who decides, after the Club World Cup I understand that it wasn’t important for them to do a guard of honour,” Zidane explained.
“Some say that they weren’t in the competition but it’s a lie, you have to win the Champions League to play in the Club World Cup and we were all in the Champions League.
“I’m not the one who decides that I don’t want to give a guard of honour, they didn’t do one.
“With respect, we won’t do it because they didn’t do it.
Zidane is yet to taste defeat as Real Madrid coach at the Camp Nou and will hope to extend that run on Sunday evening.