Enrique: No friction with Zidane

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says he has "no bad memories" of new Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, despite some heated encounters during their playing days.

The Spaniard is one of the few players to have represented both Clasico teams after joining Barca from Real in 1996, and made 207 La Liga appearances for the Catalans before retiring in 2004.

Zidane, meanwhile, signed for Los Blancos in 2001 after five years in Italy with Juventus, and went on to make over 150 La Liga appearances, including clashes with Enrique's Barca, before hanging up his boots in 2006.

The legendary French playmaker has now succeeded Rafa Benitez as head coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Enrique was asked about some old footage of a skirmish between him and 'Zizou' during their playing days.

"I have no opinion on Zidane as a coach," Enrique said when asked about the photo. "I haven't had time to consider it. I've no bad memories of anyone I've played against.

"Every player defends their team, and my memory isn't positive or negative. I haven't seen the picture and I don't remember any friction with Zidane. I'm sure everyone defended their team. I respect him as a colleague."

Barca are set to face Espanyol in the Copa del Rey at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, before returning to league action at home to Granada on Saturday. Zidane will face his first test as manager against Deportivo La Coruna in Madrid, also on Saturday.

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