The Argentine coach spoke ahead of the Copa del Rey "Clasico" and maintained that no player has a guaranteed start when asked about Vinicius.
The meaning of El Clásico. "It's a game which suggests the height of rivalry and epitomised by games such as River-Boca, Inter-AC Milan and of course Real Madrid-Barcelona. Real Madrid-Atlético is another".
Fixture list. “It's odd the way it's turned out but we don't put together the fixtures and that is a question for LaLiga. Is it deliberate? I'd like to think not”.
Vinicius. “There are no players who have a guaranteed starting position within the squad.”
The tie and remainder of the season. “They are all different competitions. We want to win them all and forget about earlier games. It's up to us to get prepared adequately for each one and first up is tomorrow's cup game."
The moment of truth. “We love competing. The moment of truth for us is every game, from minute one through to 90. That's the way we'll prepare for the rest of the games ahead as we did for previous matches”.
Full squad available. "It's actually more difficult when all players are available as more will be omitted and it's a tough part of the job for any coach. It's of utmost importance that they all offer their services, effort and quality for the benefit of the team".
Messi. "It's always better when the best players get to play, it's as simple as that".