Winning the Club World Cup could ‘reinforce’ Real Madrid’s season and give them the kickstart they need, according to Michel Salgado.
The former Madrid defender believes success in Abu Dhabi would be the best way to prepare for El Clasico against Barcelona on 23 December.
“For Real Madrid, winning and coming first is always the most important,” Salgado told ESPN.
“I believe that Zidane and all the Madrid players are used to this type of situation. There are always dips over a long season, good moments and bad moments.
“They have had some poor results in La Liga, but the team are still strong and are getting back important players from injury.
“I believe they will be fully motivated and give everything in this Club World Cup. Winning trophies can bring this extra boost, the extra vitamins that the team needs sometimes during a season.
“Madrid can come out of it reinforced.”