Real Madrid have LaLiga Santander in the bag, but Zinedine Zidane will not treat the final game of the season against Leganes like a friendly.
The French coach spoke to the press about Sunday’s game, as well as the summer transfer window.
“It should not be different, there’s one game left and we have to respect the division,” he said on Saturday.
“We are going to play as we always aim to. We must find the motivation, the DNA of this club is to win all games and it is also a league encounter, it is not a friendly.”
The summer transfer window is about to open which, as always, is a matter of plenty of anticipation at Valdebebas but Zidane is not focused on it just yet.
“In your question you mention everything except for tomorrow’s game and the Champions League,” he responded when asked about possible transfers.
“There are still matters ahead and we are not going to talk about next season without this one being finished.
“Tomorrow there is a game and there is the Champions League, then we’ll see.”
Win a title every 19 games, Zidane was asked if he felt like the ‘special one’ of Madrid.
“I don’t feel that, I feel lucky to be here, at this club,” he said.
“I think about each day because this will all end one day, as it once did, and one day it will really happen, that’s why I think about the day to day.”
“Nobody knows what is going to happen. I have a contract, I like being here, but you never know what will happen in football. Here, things change from one day to the next, I do not know what will happen in the future.”
The Champions League round of 16 second leg against Manchester City is around the corner, and Zidane admits it will be tough to overturn the 2-1 deficit.
“We know that it will be very difficult, as it was in the first leg,” he stated.
“It will be no different. We will fight until the last second of this game. That’s why there’s no need to worry.”
Karim Benzema is still in with a chance of finishing as LaLiga Santander’s top scorer, although it was not a priority for Zidane.
“Of course I would like him to [win the Pichichi] for him, but it doesn’t mean anything,” Zidane said.
“We will see as always, I would have liked him to, because he deserves it.
“He will decide in the end, we will see how that will end.”
Asked about rivals Barcelona, Zidane doesn’t feel as though they had a bad end to the season.
“They only lost one game, and won seven,” Zidane said.
“It’s just that we had a great end to the season, but we must not undervalue what Barcelona did because that’s not how it is.”