BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Real Madrid went through its final full training session ahead of Saturday’s clash with Barcelona in the Clasico at Camp Nou.
Both teams come into the game in full focus, despite suffering defeats in the Champions League in midweek and contest is expected to be one of importance in the race for the La Liga title.
Real Madrid head into the game looking to add to the four point gap they hold over the champions in the table standings and a victory for Jose Mourinho’s men would certainly see the leaders as the marching favourites to win the crown.
Barcelona have had some break down in the mid part of its season, but have been playing well of late and manager Pep Guardiola has told his players that only a win can halt Real Madrid’s race to the trophy.
“If Real Madrid win or draw, the Liga is theirs,” Guardiola said. He added that if the likes of Lionel Messi and company can’t find a way to beat their arch rivals, “the league will have a new champion.”
“We have a very small chance and we must try to take it. If it doesn’t work out we’ll have a new champion and we’ll regroup and prepare well for next season.
“It wasn’t too long ago that we were very far from the leaders. Now we’re in a luxurious position after gaining a bit of ground, frankly we had not imagined [that we’d be this close].
“We have the chance to prolong the competition.”
Real Madrid will no doubt want to end their poor recent run against Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo is all hyped to sink the champions title hopes once and for all.
The EL Clasico Game Will Be Streamed Live on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes