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Barcelona star Aleix Vidal hopes Zinedine Zidane fails at Real Madrid

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There appears to be no love lost between Barcelona and Real Madrid, even for the ones who have only just arrived at the Nou Camp.

Gerard Pique is usually the go-to man for Real Madrid insults while Dani Alves isn't afraid to ruffle a few Bernabeu feathers, recently questioning the validity of Cristiano Ronaldo's second place on the Ballon d'Or podium.

Now, Aleix Vidal is getting involved on the act. He may have only made one La Liga appearance for Barcelona since joining last summer, but he still feels enough affection towards his new club to hurl ill-feeling towards their most loathed rivals.

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Vidal was asked about Real Madrid's new manager Zinedine Zidane in a recent radio interview, and the Chilean was happy to admit that he had always been a big fan of the France legend.

But he also said that he hopes Zidane fails to win any silverware with Real Madrid this season, which would almost certainly lead to an ominous Florentino Perez press conference.

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Hoping he fails

"They seem to have had a good start, but the titles get handed out at the end of the season," Vidal told Spanish radio station RAC.

"I hope he does not win any. I've always been a big fan of Zidane, but now I cannot wish him any luck."

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Zidane's chances

Zidane's reign as manager has gotten off to a fine start as he watched Real Madrid demolish Deportivo 5-0. Even more encouragingly, Gareth Bale, who was believed to be very disappointed by Rafa Benitez's sacking, scored a sensational hat-trick.

The 43-year-old, however, will face much tougher challenges before the season ends. Currently third behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, they look set to finish without a La Liga title for the fourth consecutive season.

Despite the challenge of knocking Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar off their perch, the demanding fans of the Bernabeu expect no less than major trophies every season. Zidane's legendary status will hold little gravitas if he doesn't deliver.

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Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Football
Real Madrid
Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo

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