Zinedine Zidane has urged his Real Madrid players to focus on their match against Villarreal – and not on the crunch clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as reported on ESPN.
The Madrid manager stated that his charges cannot control what happens in the La Liga encounter between Los Blancos’ two main rivals.
Barcelona and Atletico face off at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, with the winners set to move up the league standings in pursuit of the reigning Champions League holders.
Madrid have enjoyed a 100% winning start to their 2016/17 league campaign. And ahead of their game against Villarreal on Wednesday, Zidane warned his side to concentrate solely on winning their own match to keep their good run of form going.
He said: “We must be focused on what we have to do ourselves because we play before their game.
“Whatever happens they (Barca and Atletico) are going to be up there until the end because they’re both very strong.
“We must continue trying to record more wins. Even if we win three or four more consecutive games, it is not going to be easy to win the league.
“We must think about our game and the rest isn’t going to change anything. Whatever happens it won’t affect us. We have to win.”
Real Madrid’s 2-0 triumph over Espanyol on Sunday was their 16th successive league victory in a row, and equalled the 2010/11 record set by Barcelona under former boss Pep Guardiola.
Despite the possibility of setting a new all-time La Liga record with victory over Villarreal, however, Zidane insists his priority is on securing a first league title since 2012 and not on landmarks.
He added: “We haven’t won anything, and the records are nice.
“We’re going to try to continue picking up wins. It’s what we want to try to do: train, play and win.
“It’s going to be a long season and there will be difficult moments.
“At the minute everything is going well. I always think from day to day and that’s it. There’s nothing else in our heads”.