The rivalry between Real Madrid and arch-rivals Barcelona has increased in intensity over the past weeks but Luis Enrique says, as a true sportsman, that he won’t hesitate to congratulate Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman eventually takes this year’s league trophy.
Image: Luis Enrique
The Catalan giants are heading into Sunday’s last round of games with the odds on their side, but there’s hope that Los Blancos will freeze before crossing the finish line.
As favorites, Madrid need only a point against Malaga to wrap up this 2016/17 La Liga campaign with heads high.
Nonetheless, Barca will play against Eibar, who may also spring up surprises even though Enrique’s men are expected to fire from all cylinders in order to gain victory.
La Blaugranas are three points behind the Spanish league leaders.
While Barca may miraculously clinch the trophy through sweat, tears and blood, some die-hard Madristas would rather dream forever against such an undesirable outcome.
A win for Los Blancos will go down in history as the club’s “end-of-drought” after grabbing the trophy last in 2012.
“Focusing on work is the only way to deal with this situation,” he told reporters.
“If we win the league, fantastic and we’ll celebrate it. Otherwise, we will congratulate the champion because that is my modus operandi as a professional.
“Any rival, regardless of their own situation, always represents a danger on the last day.”
Enrique advised those who have written off Eibar even before the game is played.
“[Eibar] are enjoying their best season in history and we know they will complicate things.” he admits at a press conference today.
“We expect to see them play a good game but our objective, of course, is to win the title.
“Of course I am also interested [in the Madrid game] but it would be ridiculous to be following it closely and worrying what’s happening.
“I have to focus on the Eibar game, but of course I will have an eye on the Madrid score, too.”
Madrid are expecting a wonderful season with both Champions League and La Liga double.
Zidane is confident that his team will win against Malaga, having won 14 and lost just one of their past 15 league encounters.