It seems that Real Madrid's main priority this season, like last season, is to win the La Liga.
Real Madrid won ten consecutive games last season after the league reopened and celebrated their championship before the end of the season; this was the third La Liga title since 2008, two of which have been won by Zidane. At the end of last season, Real Madrid had 5 points more than Barcelona and 17 points more than Atletico Madrid, but this season the situation at the top of the table is entirely different. Atletico Madrid is currently in first place, and Real Madrid is in fourth place in the La Liga table. While Real Madrid has played one more game than Atletico Madrid. So tomorrow's Madrid derby is one of the most crucial derbies in recent years, as Real Madrid's defeat in this match could come at the cost of losing the La Liga title.
Zidane told his pre-match press conference, in quotes carried by Marca:
"What we want in each game is to show that we are the team that we are without thinking that we are going to win La Liga
"We want to win each game because we are competitors and to play a great game, and also to remember that we are the champions of La Liga and we want to defend what we won last year. We are going to do that until the end. I am convinced of our dedication in each game."
Speaking specifically of Saturday's clash, Zidane added: "
As always, in a game there are many things. We had a good game in the Champions League and we want to think about tomorrow, a good game, a derby, we want to play because we like these games
"The first thing is to play the game to show what we are as teams. It is a game to enjoy and give everything in, not one to think about what may happen next. They are players who can do extraordinary things and we think only about that."
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