Barcelona captain Iniesta starts last Clasico against Real Madrid

07 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Jurgen Klopp

Messi could move further ahead of Mohammed Salah in the race for European Golden Boot by scoring in tomorrow's game, while Ronaldo will also be looking to chip in a few goals and get Real Madrid back to winning ways against their arch-rivals.

"I think Barcelona will look to sign another player in the midfield, they already bought Coutinho who is a fantastic player for the team, flawless for the philosophy of the club".

"Some say it is as they were not in the competition, but that is not true".

"They didn't give us one, so what's most important is respecting what they have done".

Barca's domestic double, complete with their seventh league title in 10 years and their fourth straight Copa del Rey, will take on extra significance if they can beat Madrid and go on to end the season without losing a league game. You have to win the Champions League to play in the Club World Cup, and we are all in the Champions League. "We respect what Barcelona did, which is to win the league and is the most hard thing for me, as I have always said".

The incident Zidane was referring to happened before the Clasico on Dec 23 when, having returned from the United Arab Emirates as Club World Cup winners, Barcelona elected not to give Real a guard of honour as is traditional in Spain. "It's wonderful to be in a Champions League final for the third time in a row and have the chance to win it for the fourth time in the last five years", Real midfielder Toni Kroos said on Tuesday.

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Barcelona have already sealed the league title. Zinedine Zidane rested key players in a 2-1 win over Leganes, but he is going to field the best possible side against Barcelona in the La Liga derby. Barca won the match 3-0.

"On those players, if anyone feels a problem they will not play".

For the home team, there is a cloud surrounding the fitness of Andres Iniesta, with Valverde stating that Iniesta will start if he is fit.

When asked about fitness doubts over Raphael Varane and Isco, Zidane said he would decide his team on Sunday, with the Champions League final against Liverpool to come on May 26.

"I'll take everything. When you analyse it, you always think about what you have lost".

"The most important thing is how he is".


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