Zinedine Zidane responded in prickly fashion when Real Madrid’s pre-season 7-3 thrashing at the hands of Atletico Madrid was brought up on the eve of Saturday’s La Liga Derbi at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Madrid were put to the sword in New Jersey in a match where Zidane felt his side “lacked everything, especially intensity”.
Diego Costa scored four goals in a memorable International Champions Cup encounter before he was sent off in the second half of an embarrassing evening for the Blancos.
Speaking at a pre-match news conference, Zidane was asked whether Madrid’s ordeal at the MetLife Stadium would have any influence upon the weekend, he replied: “It’s nothing to do with the game really, no. We just have a game tomorrow and we’re going to try and win”
He then interrupted a follow-up question by saying, “No, I’m going to say the same thing”, before claiming not to have watched the match back to analyse Madrid’s mistakes.