first_imgZinedine Zidane said on Saturday that Real Madrid will not be giving a guard of honour to La Liga champions Barcelona when the two sides play the El Clasico on Sunday.Barcelona will face Real clear-minded after having wrapped up the title last week while European champions Real Madrid will look to change the result of their previous fixture.Real have also reached the Champions League final after defeating Bayern Munich over the two legs.”After the Club World Cup they didn’t want to do it for us,” Zidane told a news conference.Also read – Lionel Messi hat-trick hands FC Barcelona 25th La Liga title”They might have said they didn’t do it because they weren’t in the competition, but that’s not true. You’ve got to win the Champions League to play in it and we’re both in the Champions League.”It’s not up to me to decide about the guard of honour but they didn’t do it. We, with respect, won’t do it for them because they didn’t.”We respect what Barca have done in winning the league, which for me is the most difficult and nicest thing you can do. But these things happen; if they’d have given us one, we weren’t going to break the tradition of doing so.”Also read – We were superior to all our rivals, says Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s La Liga triumphThe incident Zidane was referring to happened before the Clasico on Dec. 23 when, having returned from the United Arab Emirates as Club World Cup winners, Barcelona elected not to give Real a guard of honour as is traditional in Spain. Barca won the match 3-0.advertisementAlso read – El Clasico: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez sink Real Madrid CF 3-0, FC Barcelona inch closer to La Liga titleReal, third in the table, secured their place in this month’s Champions League final on Tuesday and are aiming to win the trophy for the third year in a row but Zidane is planning to name a full-strength side against Barcelona.”While the game won’t change the league positions, we still want to play well and do everything we can to win,” he said.”If there’s players who still feel knocks, they won’t play, but we’ve got a lot of options to replace them. (Raphael) Varane and Isco should be fine to travel.”Also read – Champions League: Real Madrid knock out Bayern Munich to reach record third straight finalSunday’s meeting will be the final time Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta plays in the fixture having announced he will leave the Catalans at the end of the season.”He’s a player we admire, not just any other player, and we all know how he is as a person,” Zidane said.”We’ll shake his hand, congratulate him and wish him luck for the future.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img