Real Madrid are refusing to honour Barcelona for winning the title last week despite the tradition in Spain. Real coach Zidane confirmed it.
Usually, if a team won the title before the end of the season, other teams would give a guard of honour to the winning team before the match. But now Real Madrid are breaking the tradition.
Zidane says, ‘Barcelona do not deserve a guard of honour before the El Clasico today because they refused to give Real Madrid one for winning the Club World Cup.‘
‘They said they weren’t in the competition, but that’s a lie because you get into the Club World Cup through the Champions League. They didn’t give us one, so what’s most important is respecting what they have done. They´ve won the double and I respect that, and I congratulate them on that. “But we’re not going to do something for them which they didn’t do for us’, Zidane added.
Zidane also said that he is not the owner of the decision. The club will decide what`s the final.
Though Real Madrid are not offering Guard of honour to Barca they will honour Andrés Iniesta on his last El Clasico. Zidane Says, ‘I have said before that we will not respect Barca. But we will honour Iniesta. He is not just a player, we all know he is a good human being. We will give him applause and good wishes for his future life.’
Meanwhile, Barca Coach Valverde is not thinking about `Guard of Honour`. Because the team has already won La Liga title itself. Not only that, they have remained unbeaten in the whole tournament so far. So, the team looks forward to staying unbeaten in the entire season defeating Madrid in today`s match.