Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that his men won’t be giving rivals Barcelona a guard of honor, if they’re already La Liga champions by the time they square off in the next Clasico.
The Catalan side are sitting pretty atop Spain’s first division and could be champions by the time they open the Cam Nou doors to Los Blancos on May 6.
Teams usually perform the guard of honor routine for newly-crowned champs until the end of the season. But Zidane has declared that his team will break tradition and won’t be showing their respect in that way – if any at all – when they meet again next month.
The Frenchman has explained that the decision was taken by him, and it came as a result of La Blaugrana refusing them a guard of honor when they returned home after winning the World Club Cup.
“We will not give a guard of honor, this is my decision,” Zidane said as quoted by the Metro. “Barcelona didn’t follow the tradition when we won the Club World Cup. This is my decision.”