Zinedine Zidane says he is focused on the match against Girona, despite the security concerns that arise from the Catalonia conflict.
Real Madrid are expected to take the trip to Girona for an away match, but political tensions puts the match in doubt.
Spain prime minister Mariano Rajoy approved implementing Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which will allow the national government in Madrid to take back some powers from the semi-autonomous Catalan parliament following the region’s independence referendum three weeks ago.
That referendum and vote – deemed illegal by Rajoy – was marred by violent clashes between police and protesters, which led to Barcelona playing Las Palmas behind closed doors at Camp Nou, but Zidane is not concerned.
“We’re not worried about Catalonia because security will be as it always is,” Zidane said following Madrid’s 2-0 victory at Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
“We’ll play our game without thinking about anything else. I’m not going to ask the fans for anything.
“We’re thinking about the game. We hope it’s a good match and that’s it.”