Barca must win

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

EL CLA­SICO is al­ways a huge game in not only the Span­ish cal­en­dar but across world foot­ball, and this time around it could be even more cru­cial than usual.

To­mor­row Real Madrid have the chance to strike a vi­cious blow against bit­ter ri­vals Barcelona as first meets sec­ond in the week 14 clash in La Liga.

Barcelona come into the game six points be­hind their ri­vals, know­ing de­feat would make their chances of re­tain­ing the ti­tle for a third suc­ces­sive sea­son slim.

“They have the lux­ury of be­ing able to lose and we don’t,” said Barcelona cen­tre­back Ger­ard Pique at a Cata­lan sports award cer­e­mony ear­lier this week.

“If we lose, things be­come more com­pli­cated for us.”

In re­cent years it has been rare for Madrid to head into a Cla­sico in an ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion. How­ever Real Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane is cer­tain that fac­ing Barcelona will not be any eas­ier than usual.

“We’ll be up against good op­po­nents and I am

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