Pique comments change nothing for Zidane in LaLiga title race

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  • Zinedine Zidane had little interest in Gerard Pique’s comments about the title race ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to Real Sociedad.

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Modified 20 Jun 2020, 18:12 IST

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists nothing has changed in the LaLiga title race despite Barcelona’s slip-up at Sevilla.

Barca were held to a 0-0 draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday, opening the door for Madrid to draw level on points with the Blaugrana if they win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Victory would see Madrid leapfrog Barca at the top courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

Speaking after their draw, Barca defender Gerard Pique told Movistar Plus that it would be “very difficult” for them to retain LaLiga, expressing his belief that “it’s going to be difficult for Madrid to lose points” having seen what has happened in the games since the restart following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

Those comments were regarded by some as a reference to seemingly favourable refereeing decisions Madrid have received in their wins over Eibar and Valencia.

Zidane, though, showed little interest in Pique’s remarks at his pre-match media conference on Saturday, telling reporters: “Nothing has changed.

“We have a game tomorrow and we have talked about 11 finals. We will give everything and without thinking about anything else.”

Asked about Pique’s comments, he replied: “Say one thing or another. What interests me is tomorrow’s game.

“I have my opinion, but I will not comment on it because it can happen the other way around. The truth is that what encourages us is tomorrow’s game. Nothing else.”

“I don’t believe they are favouring us,” Zidane said when pressed on whether refereeing decisions had been benefiting Los Blancos.

Sociedad are contending for the Champions League places but have been held by Osasuna and beaten by Deportivo Alaves in their two games since the restart.

“I don’t know if they are playing worse, the results have been worse, but they can get you into trouble at any time,” added Zidane. “Tomorrow is another final.”

Published 20 Jun 2020, 18:12 IST

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