Valencia Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral insists he meant no disrespect to Real Madrid after comments that their squad was weaker this season.
Madrid sit fourth in the standings – three points behind highflying Valencia – after the departures of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Mariano Diaz, Pepe and Danilo this summer.
“My answer was my own technical assessment of the situation, it was not meant with any disrespect to Madrid as a club or to Zidane,” Marcelino told reporters, as quoted by Marca.
“This comment was my own opinion and Zidane is a very intelligent man and he can understand that, just as he can make similar comments about my own side.
“If people take these comments the wrong way, then that is their problem but I know I am hugely respectful of Madrid’s institution, of Zidane and of his players.”