Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Madrid won’t honour Barcelona title win, it’s my decision - 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 Liga’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 ‘pasillo’ 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,” Zidane told reporters at a pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’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 “not interested at all” 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 Valverde’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 ‘pasillo’ if the roles had been reversed.

 

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