Zidane: Real Madrid will play El Clasico whenever we are told to

Real Madrid Insists Los Blancos will be ready

NGEL RIVERO

Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Real Madrid will adapt to any date change and be ready for El Clasico whenever it takes place.

Los Blancos‘ meeting with Barcelona at the Camp Nou on October 26 has been postponed, with the two clubs told to decide on a new date between them.

“I know that you’re interested about this topic, but we’re going to do what they tell us to,” Zidane said about the situation.

“If we have to play on October 26, we will do it and if there’s a change of date, the most important thing is that we’re prepared.

“I know there’s a lot of debate because it’s logical but my position as coach is this; be ready for the date that they tell us [to play]. We will adapt.

“I have a preference but I’m not going to tell you, we know that it could be December 7 or 18, we’re adapting to this.

“What I think is that [I will do] what they say and we’ll play when asked to. Like everyone, I don’t like violence, but no one does. I’m not going to get involved in this because I don’t like violence.”

Real Madrid will face Real Mallorca without some of their key players on Saturday after they picked up injuries during the international break.

“In the end, I believe the most important thing is tomorrow, we know what’s happened in the past two weeks with injured players but we’re going to prepare to play a good game against Mallorca,” Zidane said.

“We know that our opponents do not deserve to be where they are in the table [18th].

“[Luka] Modric and [Gareth] Bale aren’t going to play, neither is [Toni] Kroos, nor Lucas [Vazquez], but something always happens to us.

“It’s hard for the coach, always playing and never stopping this happening. We’re going to have other players and we’re going to try to do well.

With several attacking players out injured, some have suggested that it could be Brahim Diaz‘s chance to play.

“It could be the moment, but we have to be patient because there are lots of players but everyone knows their situation,” Zidane said.

“They have to be ready when called upon. I know it’s difficult for him because he still hasn’t played [this season].”

One Real Madrid youngster who will feature is Takefusa Kubo, who will line up against his parent club for Mallorca at Son Moix.

“The good thing for him is that he’s playing and I’m happy for him and we have to respect his decision,” Zidane said about the Japanese forward.

“I’m happy with what he’s doing with his team.”

Pictures emerged of Zidane meeting Paul Pogba in Dubai during the international break, so what did they talk about?

“[It was] purely by chance. He was there and I was there and, because he know each other, we spoke,” Zidane said.

“I’m not going to tell you what we spoke about because we’ve known each other for a long time.

“I was there for a discussion. It was a conference on artificial intelligence but I spoke about two things, it’s a mixture of the two things.”

Sergio Ramos has made no secret of his desire to play at the 2020 Olympic Games and Zidane is happy whether his captain goes to Tokyo or not.

“I haven’t spoken to him about this, I want him to go with his gut feeling,” he said.

“The most important thing is his gut feeling, if he wants to play, that’s fine by me because, at his age, he wants to do something important to help his country.”

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