Madrid, Jun 20 (efe-epa).- Zinedine Zidane withheld his opinion on Gerard Piqué’s remark that Barcelona’s slip-up against Sevilla could effectively handed the league title to Real Madrid.
The Barcelona center-back said his team would struggle to win LaLiga after drawing 0-0 away to Sevilla, adding he couldn’t see Real Madrid dropping any points from now until the end of the season.
A win against Real Sociedad on Sunday would see Madrid leapfrog Barcelona into top spot in the table.
But Zidane was cautious during the pre-match press conference Saturday not to tempt fate.
“What interests me is the game tomorrow,” he told reporters. “I have my opinion but I’m not going to respond to Piqué because the same can happen to us.”
Barca’s goalless draw against Sevilla was a hiccup in an otherwise successful return to football after the coronavirus hiatus.
Speaking after the match, Piqué said: “I think it will be difficult to win this league now.
“Now that it doesn’t depend on us,” he added.
“Having watched the games so far, Real Madrid will find it difficult to lose points.”
Zidane’s side dismantled Valencia in their last tie on Thursday.
Barcelona’s next match is a date with Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday this week, while Real Madrid host Mallorca on Wednesday.
Looking at Sunday’s game in San Sebastian, Zidane is unlikely to change much about the line-up that took on Valencia. Marcelo could return to the pitch.
The attacking formation of Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema is almost certain to remain in place for the Real Sociedad tie, with Vinicius Jr. possibly joining the trio up front.
Both of Real Madrid’s two games since the coronavirus hiatus have been at home, and the capital side will hope the break has undone the bad luck they had on the road at the beginning of the year with losses to Levante and Real Betis. EFE-EPA