El Clasico will not determine LaLiga title - Ernesto Valverde

Zinedine Zidane. Pic Reuters

The Brazilian travelled to Madrid this week to watch El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, while he was also given a tour of the club's training facilities. This can literally be tagged "the clash of two world bests".

Real Madrid were reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute when Dani Carvajal was sent off for preventing a certain Barcelona goal with a goalline handball.

Barca lead fourth-placed Madrid by 11 points at the top of the table, albeit Real do have a game in hand.

"Looking back at those Super Cup games, we lost it in the first half", he said.

The football match is to commence at 1pm, tomorrow.

"We do have recognition towards Madrid, for what they have achieved this year".

Real Madrid realistically need to end Barcelona's 24-match unbeaten run to maintain hopes of retaining their La Liga title when Spanish football's two behemoths meet in El Clasico on Saturday.


The veteran has scored just one goal this season but his creative passes and lovely touches have played an important part in Barcelona's undefeated season so far.

Real Madrid has had a sputtering start to the La Liga season, while Barcelona is in first place with an undefeated record.

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People might think the league is over, but I do not, and neither does the other coach (Barca's Ernesto Valverde).

"We couldn't play as we are used to".

Welshman Bale has not played a league fixture since September but made a pair of cameos from the bench at the Club World Cup, and Zidane has vowed not to rush him into action despite the fixture's magnitude. "Then as the game went I could not count on Isco, with the sending off when I sent on [centre-back] Nacho for Karim". Ten players at 2-0 is very hard physically and mentally. "We are going to have to play a good match against a very good rival".

It is hard to see how Real Madrid come back from a 14-point deficit to Barcelona in La Liga, even if that includes one game in hand.

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