- Title: Real Madrid set for Barcelona clash in Spanish Super Cup
- Date: 12th August 2017
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) REAL MADRID PLAYERS DIVIDED IN TWO GROUPS PASSING THE BALL PLAYERS PASSING THE BALL STRIKER CRISTIANO RONALDO AND MIDFIELDERS LUKA MODRIC AND CASEMIRO PASSING THE BALL REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE WITH STAFF MEMBER ATTENDING SESSION RONALDO JUGGLING AND PASSING / MODRIC AND FORWARD KARIM BENZEMA CHASING THE BALL BENZEMA AND MIDFIELDER MATEO KOVACIC CHASING THE BALL RONALDO AND CASEMIRO CHASING THE BALL PLAYERS TRAINING / MIDFIELDER ISCO ALARCON CHASING THE BALL RONALDO PASSING AND FORWARD GARETH BALE CHASING THE BALL KOVACIC LAUGHING RONALDO SPRINTING WITH BALL TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS RONALDO / PLAYERS TRAINING ZIDANE ATTENDING SESSION HOLDING BALL VARIOUS OF SESSION IN PROGRESS REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE ROON NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING: "It has a special value because is a title, then it's against Barcelona and we know that's something more but it's just a match, probably against the best rival but it doesn't change anything for me." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING: "Barcelona are Barcelona, we know how they play and their idea of playing will not change. You can change a player, as I said Neymar is a player you can't find someone like him, but the ones who play will do it fine and that's it. It's a mistake if we think tomorrow it will be easier." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING: "Yes I am very happy (new contract with Real Madrid) but as I said before the contract doesn't mean anything, you can sign a contract for ten, twenty years but I know where I am, I know what I have to do and that's it because in a year, there's a chance of not being here, but Real Madrid and me will never discuss that." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING: "Cristiano is ready and he is doing really good, he has had vacations and has been with us for five days now, he has worked a lot physically during his holidays so he is ready to play with us." ZIDANE LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM REAL MADRID GOALKEEPER KEYLOR NAVAS ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID GOALKEEPER KEYLOR NAVAS SAYING: "Barcelona has great players and a very clear way of playing, they might change coach and he can give different things to the team but their playing style is clear, we all know it so I don't think it will be a match of a lot of secrets, they know us too and it's a match that will be defined by little details and we hope to be very focused and make very few mistakes." KEYLOR NAVAS LEAVING
- Embargoed: 26th August 2017 13:09
- Keywords: Real Madrid Supercup Zinedine Zidane
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TUO3ZZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday (August 12) that playing for a title against Barcelona is always special when the two giants of Spanish football meet on Sunday (August 13) at the Nou Camp in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Asked about Barcelona's recent changes, the coach said Barca's playing style will not change despite having a new coach Ernesto Valverde and losing Neymar to Paris St Germain in a record-breaking transfer.
Zidane said striker Cristiano Ronaldo is fit to play on Sunday at the Camp Nou, despite having only had a short summer break after playing for Portugal in the Confederations Cup.
Local media reported a supposed new contract of the French man with Real Madrid, Zidane said he is happy about his situation at the club.
Centre back Jesus Vallejo is injured and will miss the Clasico, along with Croatian international Luka Modric for the first leg due to a suspension dating back to Madrid's last appearance in 2014.
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