Success will see Madrid slip through to Barca at the top of the courtesy of their superb head-to-head record.

Piqie: Real benefits from the referees’ favorable decisions

Zinedine Zidane shrugged off statements by Gerard Pique that Real Madrid benefits from the referees’ favorable decisions. And insists that nothing has changed in the title race, despite the slip-up of Barcelona at Seville. Barca made a 0-0 draw at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday. Opening the door to Los Blancos for a point-level draw with the Blaugrana in case of victory at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Success will see Madrid slip through to Barca at the top of the courtesy of their superb head-to-head record. Speaking after their draw, Barca defender Pique told reporters that it would be challenging for them to retain the title in LaLiga. Expressing the belief that “it’s going to be difficult for Madrid to lose points” after seeing what happened in the games since the restart following the coronavirus lockdown.

Nothing has changed

Some regarded these comments as a reference to the seemingly favorable judging decisions that Madrid received in their victories over Eibar and Valencia. Zidane, however, showed little interest in Pique’s remarks at his pre-match press conference on Saturday, telling reporters: “Nothing has changed. We have a game tomorrow, and we talked about 11 finals. We will give everything back without thinking of anything else”. To the question about Pique’s comments, he replied: “Say one thing or another. I’m interested in tomorrow’s game. I have my opinion, but I will not comment on it, because it can happen the other way around. The truth is that tomorrow’s game encourages us — nothing else. I do not believe that they are favorable to us,” Zidane said when pressed on whether refereeing decisions had benefited Los Blancos.

Real Sociedad are fighting for places in the Champions League. But have been retained by Osasuna and beaten Deportivo Alaves in their two games since the restart. They are seated sixths going on Sunday’s game, a point-by-point level with Getafe fifth and two points behind Atletico Madrid in fourth. “I don’t know if they play worse, the results were worse. But they can put you in trouble at any time,” Zidane added. Tomorrow is another finale.”