Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has responded to the UEFA ban on Manchester City.
The Frenchman said the move made by the European football overseeing body will give City additional inspiration for the round-of-16 clash between the two sides.
City were given a two-season ban from the Champions League and Europa League and face Real Madrid toward the month’s end in the Champions League round of 16.
City were found to have “seriously breached” their club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
If the ban is upheld and City finish in the top four this season, the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League will qualify for next season’s Champions League group phase.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side will still be allowed to participate in the remaining fixtures of this year’s Champions League with the first leg of their tie against Real Madrid taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu on February
“For what has just happened, their motivation will be immense,” Zidane said prior to Madrid’s La Liga game against Celta Vigo.
“I’m not going to go into what occurred, what will occur…
“It’s a team anyway, who will be a difficult opponent, knowing likewise how they have been doing in the Premier League. So they will have extra motivation.
“It’s a rival who are going to be very, very difficult, it’s an extremely big team.”
City are presently second in the Premier League table with 22 points behind league