Don’t be surprised to see Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane involved in a bit of touchline argy-bargy during tomorrow’s El Clasico.
The pair will meet for the first time as managers but they both have plenty of experience in clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid as a player.
Enrique played for Madrid for five seasons before signing for Barcelona in 1996, where he spent a further eight years.
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While Enrique was at the Catalan club at the end of his career, Zidane was playing at the Bernabeu.
Players are often involved in heated exchanges during a Clasico and in 2003, Zidane and Enrique sparked a huge shoving match when the pair squared up to each other. (Scroll down the see the video)
Zidane appeared to accidentally catch Carlos Puyol with an elbow but Enrique, as captain of Barcelona, confronted the Frenchman.
The pair went head-to-head before Zidane raised his hand and pushed Enrique in the face.
His actions sparked a huge melee with a lot of handbags being swung but Zidane was far from finished.
He had to be restrained by his teammates as he tried to get to Enrique.
Fast forward 13 years and both players are now representing the same sides but as managers.
While the duel on the touchline is likely to be entertaining, the battle on the pitch is what everyone is looking forward to.
Barcelona know that a victory would eliminate Real Madrid’s faint title hopes.
Enrique’s side are 11 points clear of Madrid with just eight matches remaining and have only dropped 14 points all campaign.
Not only are they hoping to crush their rivals’ title ambitions, they are looking to complete a league double over Los Blancos.
Back in November, they went to the Bernabeu and humiliated them by running out 4-0 winners.
Enrique seeks knockout blow
Enrique knows the importance of the match and aims to end Madrid’s domestic season.
"We hope that it will be a great show and that the best team wins. There is nothing that gets a Barcelona fan hotter than beating Madrid. And that also goes for a Barcelona player. And it will be the same the other way around," Luis Enrique said at a press conference, per Goal.com.
"Real Madrid will no longer be able to win La Liga if we beat them. We would like to land the knockout blow.”
Zidane hoping to end the curse
Zidane is managing in his first El Clasico and that usually means a defeat.
That’s because no manager has won their first meeting with Barcelona since 2007 with Zidane’s five predecessors all losing in their first Clasico.
But the former midfielder seemed relaxed in his pre-match press conference and believes ‘BBC’ - Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo - will be on form tomorrow evening.
"We have prepared well, are in a good moment and we will see 'BBC' shine against Barcelona," Zidane told the press, per Marca.
"I will sleep peacefully on Friday night and enjoy my first El Clasico as a coach."
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