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  • Barcelona And Madrid Face To Face In America

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    Agencies (Qasioun) - This is the paradox Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and his Barcelona counterpart Ernesto Valverde face heading into Saturday's meeting. Hard Rock Stadium will be full of fans who have paid a significant amount of money to see their favourite players.

     

    Fans on either side all over the world will be expecting a win over their rival. Yet, once the game is over, what will linger? There won't be a new trophy for a team to display (okay, Barcelona could claim the International Champions Cup, but that probably won't go on display like the Champions League and La Liga trophies on show in Miami).

     

    Zidane said prior to the game: "We have the best players. We've won and this year we want to do the same, or at least try to. We have everything in front of us. I think the squad is very good and I don't want any changes. We're all here except the 7, Cristiano, who still isn't with us but the rest of us know it's going to be a difficult year because everybody is going to want to beat Real Madrid but that's even better for us.

     

    Barcelona will want to beat Madrid on Saturday, of course. Who would want to lose any match, much less a game against a rival that so many people will be watching. The question is exactly how badly each manager will want to get a result. Both coaches have played close to full strength teams for the first 45 minutes of their previous matches, but losing a star to an injury in this match isn't how either coach wants to start his season.

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