Zidane dismisses Pique claims that referees favour Real Madrid

The Blancos boss is keen to prevent any confrontations that will distract his side from the task available

Zinedine Zidane has swotted away claims by Gerard Pique that Real Madrid benefit from favourable decisions by referees and insists nothing has changed in the title race despite Barcelona’s slip-up at Sevilla.

Barca were held to a 0-0 draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday, opening the entranceway for Los Blancos to draw level on points with the Blaugrana should they win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Victory would see Madrid leapfrog Barca at the very top courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

Speaking after their draw, Barca defender Pique told Movistar Plus that it will be “very difficult” to allow them to retain the La Liga title, expressing his belief that “It’s going to be difficult for Madrid to lose points” having seen what has happened in the games considering that the restart following coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

Those comments were regarded by some as a mention of seemingly favourable refereeing decisions Madrid have obtained in their wins over Eibar and Valencia.

Zidane, though, showed little fascination with Pique’s remarks at his pre-match media conference on Saturday, telling reporters: “Nothing has changed.

“We have a game tomorrow and we have talked about 11 finals. We will give everything and without thinking about anything else.”

Asked about Pique’s comments, he replied: “Say a very important factor or yet another. What interests me is tomorrow’s game.

“I have my estimation, but I am going to not touch upon it as it can happen another way around. The facts are that what encourages us is tomorrow’s game. Nothing else.

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“I don’t believe they are favouring us,” Zidane said when pressed on whether refereeing decisions had been benefiting Los Blancos.

Real Sociedad are contending for the Champions League places but have been held by Osasuna and beaten by Deportivo Alaves within their two games since the restart. They sit sixth entering Sunday’s game, level on points with fifth-placed Getafe and two points behind Atletico Madrid in fourth.

“I don’t know if they are playing worse, the results have been worse, but they can get you into trouble at any time,” added Zidane. “Tomorrow is another final.”