Real Madrid will not switch off ahead of City test, says Zidane

MADRID (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday that his players will not be given any holiday after La Liga ends as Real Madrid turn their attention to their crunch Champions League tie with Manchester City.

Madrid have won La Liga with a game to spare and could rest players for their final game away to relegation battlers Leganes.

But Zidane insisted there will be no let-up from today as Madrid attempt to overturn a 2-1 home defeat to City in the second leg of the last 16 encounter.

“They are not going to have two weeks off,” said Zidane in a press conference on Saturday.

“We are not on vacation. Let’s get some rest, but then our minds will be on City.

“The season is not over. We’re going to have a few days off but everyone will be focussed on what is a crucial match.”

Madrid sit seven points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after securing only their third league title in 12 years.

Their success comes after a 10-match winning run since the restart, with the team finding their best form after the three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The title should never be under-estimated, especially this one. It has been difficult and we have fought to the end,” Zidane said.

File photo shows Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane celebrating with defender Sergio Ramos after winning the La Liga title last week. PHOTO: AFP