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Zinedine Zidane: “Clásicos are the kinds of games you live for”

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As Real Madrid touch down in Barcelona, Zidane will no doubt give his team the right motivation the needed ahead of a big game against their arch rivals. Many figures in this squad know the magnitude of the stage that is being set today. The core has played in many Clasicos together — none more than Sergio Ramos.

Zidane among them — both as player and manager. He had some historic moments against Barcelona when he signed from Juventus, including a knockout punch against the Blaugrana in the Champions League semi-finals in 2002:

As Zidane said in yesterday’s pre-game presser: “Clásicos are the kinds of games you live for.”

“We head into El Clásico in good shape,” Zidane said. “We’re all together and are full of energy. We’ve been playing well for some time now and have been picking up results.”

Real Madrid are currently in Hotel Sofia, about one kilometre from the Camp Nou. They will reside there until game time.

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