Another Trophy Targeted Against Barcelona
Real Madrid secured the European Super Cup beating Manchester United on Tuesday and now have sights set on the Spanish Super Cup with the first leg against Barcelona this evening.
The fact this comes against Barca makes it 'extra special' for Zinedine Zidane.
However, as much as Zidane wants to win this cup the Real boss did admit he would have preferred this as a one off game as opposed to a two legged affair.
Zidane, when commenting in his pre-match news conference, quoted by realmadrid.com, also played down suggestion Barcelona were a weaker than last season having offloaded Neymar for a world record fee.
He said: 'It is special because it is another trophy. We know that playing against Barcelona is extra special. We are playing against our strongest rival, but for me that does not change things. We are in perfect shape both physically and mentally. Everyone wants to play and I will have a decision to make.'
Adding: 'They have made changes but Barcelona is still Barcelona. They are no weaker than the sides I used to face. We know about their playing style. If we go into it thinking it will be easy then we are sadly mistaken. We're playing two games: One in Barcelona and the other in Madrid. That is how it goes and in my opinion I would have preferred to play just the once.'
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench against Man United on Tuesday but has already impressed Zidane since making his return to training a week ago.
'He is ready and doing well. He took a holiday and has been with us for 5 or 6 days, but he trained a lot physically on holiday and is ready.'
Zizou also praised Isco, who he feels has proven his capability.
'He is more than compatible with the BBC but I have to oversee all of this. I can do a lot of different things and I have no real restrictions. We'll see what happens.'
Once again Zidane said he was pleased with his squad at the moment but wasn't ruling out adding to it before the transfer deadline.
'Anything can happen between now and the 31st of this month, but I'm happy with the squad and don't want to make any changes.'
Meanwhile, Jesus Vallejo has had a thigh strain confirmed.
A statement on realmadrid.com read: 'Following tests carried out on Jesús Vallejo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his left thigh. His recovery will continue to be assessed.'