Sergio Ramos claims Real Madrid do not discuss refereeing performances after their 2-2 La Liga draw at Barcelona on Sunday.Spain international Ramos feels Real should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Mesut Oezil inside the penalty area at Camp Nou.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he was pleased with his side's performance in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday.Two goals apiece from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the points were shared between Spain's two most successful clubs, meaning Barcelona remain eight points ahead of their rivals in La Liga.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has played down the significance of Jose Mourinho's influence in the upcoming Clasico with Real Madrid.The 49-year-old has arguably intensified relations between the two clubs since being named as Manuel Pellegrini's successor in the Blancos' dugout two years ago, with recent derby encounters being embroiled in controversy.
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has labelled the clash against Real Madrid as a great chance for his team to extend their lead atop La Liga.Jose Mourinho's men have stuttered during the opening weeks of the campaign, and Iniesta is keen to heap additional misery on their title rivals by securing a valuable victory on Sunday.
Former La Liga referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez says Spain's Clasico is a relatively easy match to officiate, despite the passion it inspires.Barcelona against Real Madrid is one of those fixtures fans across the globe look out for; it is not only televised, but analysed and scrutinised. And if the referee gets it wrong, he will be criticised.
LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan thinks Real Madrid will prevail in a close encounter over bitter rivals Barcelona in Sunday's El Clasico.The 30-year-old said the clash between football's two superpowers will have the attention of every fan in the world and assured the public that the spectacle will be worth it.
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque is hopeful none of his players will be injured in Sunday's clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid.El Clasico has been marred by controversy and physical bust-ups in recent years, leading to rumours of a rift between the opposing club players when representing the national side.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets insists there is more to Real Madrid than just Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the El Clasico.The Portugal international has impressed in recent weeks with a string of fine performances as he netted trebles against both Deportivo La Coruna and Ajax.
Rivaldo believes Barcelona have what it takes to bag the three points in Sunday's Liga match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.Barca beat their arch-rivals 3-2 at home in the Spanish Supercopa earlier this season after Real Madrid won the league title in 2011/12.
Former Real Madrid defender Rafael Alkorta says Jose Mourinho's eye-gouging of Tito Vilanova was the worst thing he has seen in a Clasico match.Alkorta, 44, won two Liga titles with the club during the 1990s and experienced several crunch clashes with arch-rivals Barcelona.
Former Real Madrid coach John Toshack feels a defeat for his old side in Sunday's El Clasico would be a hammer blow for their title defence.His former club sit in sixth place and trail their bitter rivals Barcelona, who are top, by eight points.
Steve McManaman believes Spain's El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona is the biggest game in football.Barca and Real lock horns in La Liga for the first time this season on Sunday, with Jose Mourinho's reigning champions sitting eight points behind their rivals.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi says scoring a hat-trick in Sunday's La Liga clash with Real Madrid is something he wants to tick off his to-do list.The 32-year-old has won numerous trophies both at club and international level, but still awaits his first hat-trick, and he sees the Clasico as the perfect opportunity for yet another milestone.
Barcelona icon Johan Cruyff said reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid cannot afford to lose Sunday's El Clasico at Camp Nou.Jose Mourinho's side trail Barca by eight points after just six games, and Cruyff said they will find themselves in a precarious situation if they are beaten in the Clasico.
Alex Song and Javier Mascherano are set to play in central defence for Barcelona against Real Madrid due to Carlos Puyol's dislocated elbow.Puyol dislocated his elbow when he landed awkwardly after going for a header in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica on Tuesday and the Catalan club's head coach Tito Vilanova is likely to play Song and Mascherano in Sunday's El Clasico versus Real Madrid.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi says his team will not be looking for revenge when they host Real Madrid on Sunday at Camp Nou.The Catalans were defeated over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup by Real in August and succumbed to a decisive 2-1 loss to Mourinho's team in April, which sealed the Liga title for the capital club.
|08-10||Ramos refrains from questioning ref|
|08-10||Vilanova, Mourinho settle for Clasico point|
|07-10||Messi plays down Mourinho´s influence|
|07-10||Iniesta sees great opportunity|
|06-10||Gonzalez: Refereeing a Clasico is easy|
|06-10||Donovan backing Real Madrid|
|06-10||Del Bosque desires uneventful Clasico|
|06-10||Ronaldo not the only threat, says Busquets|
|06-10||Rivaldo backs Barca to win El Clasico|
|05-10||Alkorta: Mourinho went too far|
|05-10||Toshack: Real must not lose|
|05-10||McManaman: No bigger game than Clasico|
|05-10||Xavi looking for triple treat|
|05-10||Cruyff: Clasico season-defining for Real|
|04-10||La Liga preview: El Clasico dominates Spanish top flight|
|03-10||Messi: Clasico not about revenge|