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

"Zinedine Zidane, who celebrates tomorrow (Saturday) in his first 100 games as coach of our team, belongs to this extraordinary group of characters elected to be one of our symbols", writes the leader.

"Madrid have been the best team in the world in the last few years", Pochettino told beIN Sports. Zidane was in charge of both successful campaigns, and also won Europe's elite club competition as a player during the 2001-02 season, scoring a spectacular volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen.

The 21-year-old made his senior debut for Spain in Friday's win over Albania, intensifying talk that he could eventually land with one of La Liga's big clubs.

"Espanyol played a bit role in my life. It is the best way to describe it. I always say that he is the one person in my life that has convinced me to continue on with determination; to be a footballer and to want to be a manager", he said.

Pochettino has a real respect for the Frenchman and acknowledges that it will be tough getting the better of Los Blancos when they face off, but he is targeting all three points in the Spanish capital.

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.

  • Ricardo Clara