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Europe: Zidane - “We have to believe El Classico will go ahead.”

Clubs to share same hotel before tomorrow evening’s re-scheduled La Liga match...

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Zidane - “We have to believe game will go ahead.”
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A day before the re-scheduled El Classico La Liga encounter, Zinedine Zidane has stated his team’s frame of mind needs to be that Wednesday’s game will go ahead.

The game was originally scheduled to for October 26, but was shelved due to fears of civil unrest in Catalonia.

Goal difference separates the sides who are level on 35 points, Barca with the advantage.
Nine Catalan leaders were convicted of sedition connected to their role in the referendum. they were given jail sentences ranging between nine and thirteen yers.

La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests were expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.

Both clubs disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid, but will share the same hotel in the lead-up to tomorrow evening’s game and travel at the same time two hours before kick-off amid security concerns.

Zidane said: “That’s something different for us. We’ve been told that we have to leave together and that’s what we’ll do.

”There’s nothing else to explain. The important thing is that the game goes ahead.”

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde added: “I think we could have played the game on the original day and there is no reason why we can’t play the game tomorrow.

”It is unlikely in a situation like this that the players will meet before the game, so I probably won’t see Zidane, but I have a lot of respect for him.”

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Valverde believes the originally scheduled game in October could have gone ahead.
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The two clubs are also dead level when it comes to La Liga wins against the other. It’s 72-each, and should Barca win tomorrow evening at the Nou Camp, it will be the first time in El Classico history that Barca has moved ahead in the series.

Should Real Madrid fail to win, it will be their seventh successive La Liga failure to win against Barcelona, who have won 2 and drawn 4 of the previous six.