"I have a weakness for Zinedine Zidane" — Mauricio Pochettino

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Though he is yet to score in this season in the league.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has confessed to being a big fan of Zinedine Zidane, but will put his admiration aside when taking on Real Madrid next week. The Spurs manager also admitted to having a "weakness" for Zinedine Zidane as a player and a manager and hailed Real Madrid as the best team in the world.

Getafe meanwhile have made a solid return to the Liga Santander and promise to mix solid defense with effectiveness from set pieces, something Madrid's sometimes less than solid defence will have to be aware of.

He said: "I feel very sorry for what is happening there, I think it has a difficult solution and I think that the dialogue should have started in other times, perhaps ten years ago, not today, I would not like to see Catalonia outside Spain". "The passion is the same as that of a Bielsa team".

Formerly Carlo Ancelotti's assistant, Zidane was promoted from his role managing the Castilla side to replace the sacked Rafael Benitez in January 2016.

"He is a great player, the best player and it only takes him a moment to be decisive - he has shown this ability over a long period of time, and that's why he is the best".

Bale is currently nursing a calf issue while Benzema has a hamstring injury, joining Keylor Navas (Achilles), Marcelo (Thigh) and Mateo Kovacic (partial abductor tear) on the treatment table.

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