Zidane issues warning to Madrid squad: We have won absolutely nothing
By Rob Lancaster
1 July 2020, 13:38
Zinedine Zidane is adamant the title race is far from over in LaLiga, insisting Real Madrid "have won absolutely nothing" yet despite Barcelona's recent wobble.
Leaders Madrid hold a one-point lead over their rivals and also have a game in hand – they host Getafe on Thursday aiming to make it six successive wins since the 2019-20 season resumed in Spain.
In contrast, Barca have struggled for consistency in recent weeks. The reigning champions drew for a third time in four outings on Tuesday, twice pegged back by Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.
Having picked up four points in the two Clasico contests during the campaign, giving them the added buffer of the head-to-head advantage, Los Blancos are now firm favourites to finish on top.
Zidane, however, is refusing to take anything for granted.
"We haven't won anything [yet]," the Madrid boss told the media on Wednesday. "We have six games. Eighteen points.
"Until we are mathematically champions, we have to keep going, our rivals are going to do everything they can to win their games.
"No confidence and no saying, 'this is over'.
"I've experienced this situation as a player. We have won absolutely nothing."
A goal from Casemiro was enough for Zidane's side to overcome struggling Espanyol 1-0 at the weekend, boosting their bid to win the league for the first time since 2017.
With neighbours Atletico helping them out by holding Barca, Madrid have the opportunity to move four points clear at the summit when they face fifth-placed Getafe.
"I'm very happy and proud of the players," Zidane added. "But we have six 'finals' left and one is tomorrow.
"We have to think about trying our best to win. We're good, but this doesn't mean anything."