Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, is aware of the threat Linoel Messi pose on Wednesday night but insists his team have their own weapons
The Spanish champions will meet the Blancos for the first time this season at Camp Nou in midweek, with the Liga title race delicately poised 16 fixtures into the 2019-20 campaign.
Barca sit top of the table at the moment on goal difference ahead of Madrid, who missed the chance to seize the initiative when they took in a trip to Valencia on Sunday.
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Speaking ahead of Madrid’s arrival at Camp Nou, Zidane acknowledged the influence Messi is capable of exerting on the pitch, while warning that his players are fully “prepared” and “happy” to be involved in such a huge fixture.
“You can enjoy it, yes. It’s a football game,” Zidane told a press conference.
“We play XI against XI and the
substitutions. This is the most important thing. We know who we are up against. We know they have Messi but we also have our own weapons.
“We just want to have a good match. The important thing is to be prepared…and we are. I am not worried about anything.
“We are all happy to be able to play in such a game. I remember when I played [in Clasicos] and it is a match that you live for. We’re just concentrating on the match.”