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Zidane: "Beating Real Madrid in El Clásico won't be easy"

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The French manager speaks ahead of Saturday's Clásico against Barcelona.

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Real Madrid will travel to Barcelona later today to face Lionel Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates this Saturday. The French manager is looking forward to that challenge in order to prove that he has what it takes to coach Real Madrid for many years.

"We will focus like we have to focus. Let the rest think whether it will be an easy match or not, but beating Real Madrid won't be easy. I want to see a good football match and I want to see my team getting the win. We're here to win every match, we will do our best to win," said Real's manager.

He also unveiled that Varane will not be available. "He played the second match for France with some physical problems and he will not be available. We cannot control that, we don't know what he has yet as if he will do some medical tests later on. It can happen," explained Zidane.

Considering Varane's absence, Pepe and Ramos will surely start in the center of Real's defensive line. Other than that, Zidane did not want to discuss Real's potential lineup. "I won't tell you who's playing, but we are not thinking about rotations. We play tomorrow and then we'll see who plays next Wednesday," he said referring to the Champions League match against Wolfsburg.

He also shared some thoughts on James' form. The Colombian played well for his national team this FIFA break and said afterwards that "everything is easier when you have minutes." Zidane showed his support. "James is happy and committed. He has our support and my job isn't easy but I will make the decisions  I think are appropriate at every moment," said Zidane when asked about whether James will play or not.

Real Madrid will visit the Camp Nou after Barcelona's shocking 0-4 win at the Bernabéu. The Liga title is almost out of reach for Real already but it will be important for Los Blancos to gain some momentum for the Champions League games ahead.