El Clasico: Real Madrid will be desperate to ruin Barcelona's unbeaten record

Oscar Cross
May 7, 2018

This "clasico" at Camp Nou will have minimal impact on the league, with Barca already crowned champions and Real's passing interest in pipping Atletico to second place diminished by their ambitions in Europe.

After wrapping up the league title with last weekend's victory over Deportivo La Coruna, Barcelona are returning home to celebrate in Sunday's clash against none other than bitter rivals Real Madrid.

"It's not up to me to decide about the guard of honour but they didn't do it".

The guard of honour is usually performed by sides whenever they face a team who have already won their domestic league, but Madrid are refusing to do so due to Barcelona did not extend the courtesy when they won the Club World Cup earlier in the season.

"They didn't give us one".

"These are three important points because we don't want them to win".


"They said they weren't in the competition, but that's a lie, because you get into the Club World Cup through the Champions League". "We respect what Barcelona did, which is to win the league and is the most hard thing for me, as I have always said. If they'd have given us one, we weren't going to break the tradition of doing so". We need to play as we always do and try to give our all.

Conversely, however, Zinedine Zidane's team have their pride at stake after suffering a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Barca earlier in the season, and they would dearly love to regain some bragging rights by ending their bitter rival's quest for a ideal season.

Zidane is still likely to rest Raphael Varane and Isco, who are struggling with calf and shoulder injuries respectively.

The meeting of Spain's two biggest teams at the Camp Nou will be Iniesta's last, after he announced he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. With Dani Carvajal sidelined with a hamstring injury, right-back has become a liability for Madrid.

"We have to finish as high as possible and what matters most to me is to prepare for the Champions League final and that is done through our intensity in the matches".

Barcelona's season has, however, had one blemish: they were dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals by AS Roma, leaving Real Madrid and Liverpool to progress to the final and denying the Blaugrana a chance of a treble.

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