El Clasico: Clash of the Titans!
It’s the 159th showdown between La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona and it promises to be a cracker!Barca take on the mega-money cast of Real for the first time this season, knowing that their quest for a second treble rests of their ability to keep Los Blancos at bay in the League. La Blaugrana have the added motivation to win so as to prove that big spending does not equate to wins and titles.
The Bernabeu boys will go into the game with the best record in La Liga so far, with nine wins, one draw and one loss. Barca are just one point behind Manuel Pellegrini's men, with 28 points from eight wins and three draws.
Barcelona news ahead of El Clasico:
Xavi has demanded Barcelona remain faithful to their attacking philosophy by dictating the game against bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed a contract extension with Barca to keep him at the club until 2015.
Carles Puyol believes that Sunday's El Clasico will be a close affair but added that Barcelona are high on confidence after their victory over Inter, while Gerard Pique is in a confident mood ahead of this weekend's showdown against Real Madrid.
Finally, former Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson reckons the Catalans are playing the best football on the planet, and Gary Lineker has lent his support to La Blaugrana, adding that El Clasico transcends football in Spain.
Real Madrid news before the Nou Camp showdown:
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo wants to be involved in his first El Clasico and claims he will be undaunted by the hostile reception at Barcelona's Nou Camp.
Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso heads into his first 'clasico' insisting the showdown with Barca "will be important but not decisive" in the title race.
Centre-back Pepe insists that Real Madrid do not fear Barcelona as both sides clash this Sunday.
Fellow defender Sergio Ramos has told realmadrid.com that Barcelona were lucky to win three titles last season.