Ahead of Saturday’s Clasico, the prospect that this could be Messi’s final time against Real Madrid in a Barcelona jersey has begun to dawn for people, but Zidane hopes that is not the case.
Zidane wants Messi to stay at Barcelona
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane does not want to see Leo Messi leave Barcelona at the end of this campaign. Ahead of Saturday’s Clasico, the prospect that this could be Messi’s final time against Real Madrid in a Barcelona jersey has begun to dawn for people, but Zidane hopes that is not the case. “I don’t want this to be the last Clasico Messi,” Zidane said during Friday’s press conference before Clasico. “Let him stay, let him stay at Barcelona. Messi is good there. It’s good for LaLiga if Leo stays.” Curiously, Messi had not scored in a Clasico since the 2017/18 season, when Barca drew 2-2 against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. “We know what a Messi player is. He may not score goals, but we know what kind of player he is,” Zidane stated.
The French coach is happy with Vinicius Jr.
“We are going to play against Barcelona and we indeed know what kind of player he is, but they are all outstanding. We will try to stop their power because there have a lot.” Sergio Ramos is another footballer with an expiring deal. However, Zidane is clear about what he wants to do with the Real Madrid captain. “I hope it won’t be his last Clasico, and he will stay here,” he said. Vinicius Junior was the midweek show star as he scored a brace in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals. “We are happy with Vinicius. Eden Hazard cannot be there for the Clasico. We had problems with injuries, but we have a large squad, and everyone is purposeful,” commented Zidane.
“We are enjoying Vinicius, but we have to leave him alone and we don’t need to talk too much, and he is very young. He is calm, and I am glad there is a lot of noise here.” Considering how tight things are at the top of the table if Real Madrid lose El Clasico, are they out of the title race? “No, and I don’t think about that,” Zidane said. “We will give everything, and we are in a positive mood. Atletico Madrid are the ones who have the advantage, and we will all have to play for the title until the end.