Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane expects Manchester City’s motivation to be “immense” when the sides meet in the Champions League, after the English club’s European ban..”
Uefa have banned City from European competition for two years for “serious” financial fair-play breaches.
City plan to appeal against the ban and have 10 days to take the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“It’s a rival who are going to be very, very difficult,” said the Frenchman.
Real and City meet in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg at the Bernabeu on 26 February, with the return game at Etihad Stadium on 17 March.
“For what has happened, their motivation will be immense.
“I’m not going to go into what happened, what is going to happen.
“It’s a team, anyway, who will be a difficult opponent, knowing also how they have been doing in the Premier League. So they will have extra motivation.”