'Real Madrid have 33 league titles. How many do Barcelona have?' Zidane aims dig at LaLiga leaders Barcelona and claims Madrid is historically the better team
- Zinedine Zidane declares that Real Madrid are still the most successful team in La Liga regardless of Barcelona's recent dominance.
What's the story?
Zinedine Zidane, who is currently in his second stint at the LaLiga club Real Madrid, has claimed that though his club are trialing league leaders Barcelona by 16 points currently, Los Blancos have been the more dominant side in the Spanish top-flight.
He spoke to the press in the build-up to the Madrid derby against Getafe and reminded the reporters present at the conference that Madrid have won the league a record 33 times, a feat that the Catalan giants will not achieve anytime soon.
In case you didn't know...
The French coach won 3 Champions Leagues, 2 Club World Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 1 LaLiga title and 1 Spanish Super Cup during his first spell at the Santiago Bernebau, producing a handsome return of nine trophies in just in two years and five months as the head coach.
He became the only manager in history to win the Champions League three times in succession, last year with Madrid, following which he resigned.
Between them the two Spanish clubs have won more than 50 league titles and 18 European titles.
The heart of the matter...
Barcelona are on track of claiming their 26th LaLiga title this season, a competition they've won seven times in the last decade, in which their talisman Lionel Messi has played a huge role so far.
With the club guaranteed to add yet another silverware to their trophy cabinet as soon as this Sunday, Zidane, who manages fierce rivals Real Madrid made it clear that despite the former's recent dominance, Madrid are the biggest side in Spain.
He told reporters: (Via Goal)
We[Real Madrid] have 33 titles, how many do Barcelona have? Lately they have been doing well and we must congratulate them, but throughout history Madrid have won many more titles. I am not saying this to defend myself. They have been better recently, but we need to change this dynamic".
He conceded that this season has been forgetful for them, but stated that the league title will be the No.1 priority for them next season. He said:
"La Liga is very important. It's the daily objective."
"It's going to be our first objective for the next season."
Real Madrid have nothing but pride left to play for the rest of the season, so it remains to be seen whether they can show the same rigor as in the Cristiano Ronaldo era.
They visit Getafe this Friday, looking to continue their winning ways after a comfortable 3-0 win over Athletic last time around.