Real won’t honour Barcelona title win-Zidane

Real won't honour Barcelona title win-Zidane

 

Zinedine Zidane has reiterated that Real Madrid will not form a guard of honour for Barcelona in the next Clasico clash between two old adversaries.

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

It could be that Barca will have secured another Spanish top-flight title by the time they welcome the Blancos to Camp Nou on May 6.

They will, however, be offered no a�?pasilloa�� by Real, with Zidane considering that custom to have been broken.

His side received no recognition at Santiago Bernabeu on December 23 following their Club World Cup win and none will be offered in return to the champions-elect.

“I don’t know how much you are going to ask me but my response is very clear,a�? Zidane told reporters at a pre-match press conference ahead of Sundaya��s Madrid derby date with Atletico.

“It is my decision and that is it.

“I don’t understand the guard of honour and it won’t take place, although we are far from the end of the season.

“Barcelona broke the tradition.”

Zidane stated back in December that he was a�?not interested at alla�? in considering guards of honour, with it clear even at that stage that Barca were clear favourites for title glory.

His comments came on the back of Ernesto Valverdea��s side opting against such niceties during a trip to the Spanish capital.

The Barca boss defended those actions by saying that he would not have expected a a�?pasilloa�� if the roles had been reversed.

He said: a�?A [guard of honour] was something done years ago as a symbolic tribute, as recognition between players, when football had not acquired this nuance that is contaminating everything.

a�?We do have recognition towards Madrid, for what they have achieved this year.

a�?On the notion of a guard of honour, I wouldn’t do it for anyone, nor would I want it to be done for us. It has now lost the essence that it had a few years ago.a�?

There have only been three previous occasions in which a guard of honour has been presented in meetings between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The first came in 1988 at Camp Nou, in recognition of Reala��s title triumph, before the roles were reversed at the Bernabeu in 1991.

The last a�?pasilloa�� was presented by Frank Rijkaarda��s Barca in 2008.

Arnold Njoku

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