Zinedine Zidane certainly left his mark when his Real Madrid side walked away from Barcelona's Camp Nou with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. And we are not talking about the football either.
No, the Frenchman, not satisfied with merely ruining what was supposed to be Barcelona's party, he decided to befoul Barcelona's press table by sticking his chewing gum underneath it. A final, sneaky insult to a club he has long loathed.
Still buzzing from a dramatic evening, the Spanish media picked up on Zidane's antics. However, all was not what it seemed as Zidane returned after his post-match press conference to retrieve his gum.
What a gentleman! Anyway, there is a lovely video of the whole incident embedded just below this paragraph, which, as you clicked on this article, we suggest you watch.
There has, of course, been plenty of fallout following that dramatic victory, which saw Real Madrid come back to win despite Sergio Ramos getting sent off. Goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed what was in all probability a consolation for the Bernabeu outfit.
Indeed, the damage had already been done prior to El Clasico and the opening half of the game certainly reflected that. Despite the defeat, Barcelona remain six points clear of Atletico Madrid and seven ahead of Real with just six games to play.
In all likelihood, Barcelona will retain their La Liga title, but Real Madrid certainly laid down a marker for next season and the Champions League. Real Madrid have a great chance to qualify for the semi-final after being drawn against Wolfsburg.
With Barcelona and Atletico facing each other, Real have the chance to crash the party by winning what would be their 11th European title. For Zidane, who only took over in January, it would be a tremendous achievement and buy him more time under Florentino Perez.
However, the Frenchman may have to come up with some fresh tactics after his plans for the game against Barcelona were leaked to, you guessed it, the Spanish press.
The notes, which few other than Zidane would be able to interpret, would probably come as great interest to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, who welcome Real Madrid on Wednesday.
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