Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Zinedine Zidane: Neymar irreplaceable but Barcelona will not change

TOPSHOT- Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid Real Madrid's Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League final against Juventus
Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2017, 16:49

Barcelona will reportedly turn their attention to rivals Real Madrid and look to trigger Marco Asensio's release clause as part of a shock twist in their efforts to replace Neymar.

Tottenham Hotspur were believed to be circling at the start of 2017, and Isco regularly hinted to the press that he could leave Real Madrid at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Mateo Kovacic or new summer signing Dani Ceballos could replace the Croatia worldwide if the Real Madrid boss decides to stick to the 4-4-2 formation that beat Manchester United in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday.

Zidane's team outclassed Manchester United 2-1 to win Tuesday's UEFA Supercup in Skopje, meaning Madrid have won six trophies in the Frenchman's 20 months in charge, including back-to-back Champions Leagues and the 2015-16 La Liga title. Jose Mourinho's side were forced to dance to Isco's tune on the night as the Spaniard, operating in the number 10 position, orchestrated another Real Madrid victory. The opposite. They're a club in the process of changing but Barcelona is Barcelona.

The 2017 Spanish Super Cup first leg match between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played at Camp Nou, Barcelona, and kicks off at 22:00 CEST on Sunday 13 August 2017.

Despite the breakup of Barcelona's fabled MSN forward line, Zidane is still expecting a typically imposing challenge from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and what will be Ernesto Valverde's first taste of a competitive Clasico as Barca coach. If we continue this way, it is because of the effort, being united and preparing the games.

Where can I watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona? We played very well as a team and we winning is our obligation.

"Here, you live from day to day; within a year you may not be here".

It was not too long ago that Isco was considered a luxury player at Real Madrid.