Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied that his team are over-reliant on superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal worldwide scored for a 10th consecutive game in Sunday's 1-1 La Liga derbi at home to Atletico Madrid.
The Frenchman has explained that the decision was taken by him, and it came as a result of La Blaugrana refusing them a guard of honour when they returned home after winning the World Club Cup.
Gerard Pique was asked to respond to Zidane's comments and cheekily uttered, "I'm not going to be able to sleep at night", - cracking a wry smile before heading off.
"It is my decision and that is it".
"I don't understand the guard of honour".
"Cristiano is Cristiano, he has been this player all his life, scoring 50 goals a season", Zidane said.
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Simeone told a pre-match press conference: "I have had derbies when we were first, eighth, ninth". On the notion of a guard of honour, I wouldn't do it for anyone, nor would I want it to be done for us.
"He'll be here next season, just like the rest of them".
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However, in simply exquisite fashion, and with every other player waiting for the ball to drop out of the sky, Marcelo pulled off an unbelievable skill to find substitute Isco.
Atletico are still without centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez who has a bruised foot so Juanfran Torres likely will continue at right-back with Sime Vrsaljko troubled with a hamstring problem.