Barca eyes history in fierce battle with Real in Clasico

Bessie Dean
May 7, 2018

Real are aiming for an unprecedented third successive triumph in the Champions League era when they face Jurgen Klopp's side. There have been suggestions that Zidane should not risk some of his key players for the Champions League final in a few weeks, but the manager rebuffed them in his pre-match press conference, claiming that he intends to name a strong side.

Maybe it's just a matter of the rivalry intensifying over the years and things reaching a boiling point after Barcelona refused to give Real Madrid the guard of honor after winning the FIFA Club World Cup.

"After the Club World Cup, it wasn´t important for them to give us a guard of honour". After the Club World Cup, I understand that for them it was not important to make it (for us). "We respect what Barcelona did, which is to win the league and is the most hard thing for me, as I have always said". As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a good enough price to wager on Barcelona to win and due to that reason, it is the wager which I am going to suggest.

"Andres Iniesta has got recognition from everyone because of what he's given Barca and Spanish football, which is a lot", Valverde said.

"While the game won't change the league positions, we still want to play well and do everything we can to win", he said.

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Barcelona: ahead of schedule became the champion of Spain in the 35th round. Right-back Dani Carvajal (hamstring) will miss the trip with teenager Achraf Hakimi taking his place. "Under me it will not happen", Zidane said.

With Barcelona having wrapped up the league and Real preparing to play in the Champions League final later in the month, the Clasico lacked some of the hype that normally precedes it, but the match was thrilling encounter across the 90 minutes. "I'm convinced of that", he added.

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.

"We'll shake his hand, congratulate him and wish him luck for the future".

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