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Barca have to be daring - Iniesta

20 March 2014 14:03

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has challenged his team-mates to take the game to Real Madrid in Sunday's much-anticipated clash.

The two biggest clubs in Spanish football go head-to-head in Madrid with Barcelona looking for a Clasico win to keep their title push alive.

The Catalan giants sit four points behind leaders Real in La Liga and know defeat could spell the end of their title defence.

"We know that we are always required to bring our very best football when we play at the Bernabeu," Iniesta told a news conference on Thursday.

"But we have to be, more than ever, Barca.

"We just have to be brave, keep possession. If we don't do that, we will have a bad time. It's a ground where the biggest demands are made of players.

"We have to go out and play to win and be daring. Things have normally worked out well when we have been daring."

At suggestions Barcelona fans would feel like underdogs heading into the match, Iniesta said they had every right to be confident.

"I don't like to think that there are supporters of our team that don't think we are able to win the league or win at the Bernabeu," he added.

"This is a team that has won so many different things. We have won the right to believe in ourselves.

"Yes, we have had bad games, but so have every team. Generally year after year we have been winning with this team.

"Big demands have been made of this team and we have responded and we have been winning well.

"If things don't go well it is normal that there will be criticism, but to think that Madrid are just going to beat us easily, I don't think anyone should think that.

"We are going there to play a good game."

Of Barcelona's title bid, Iniesta also said: "It's not as if we are 20 points from the leaders. We still have a chance of catching up. It's not that hard."

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Info

Competition
Primera División
Date
23 March 2014
Game week
29
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
2 - 2
Full-time
3 - 4
Venue
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance
85454

Goals

0 - 1
7' Iniesta
 (assist by L. Messi)
K. Benzema 20'
(assist by Á. di María) 
1 - 1
K. Benzema 24'
(assist by Á. di María) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
42' L. Messi
 (assist by Neymar)
Cristiano Ronaldo (PG) 55'  
3 - 2
3 - 3
65' L. Messi (PG)
3 - 4
84' L. Messi (PG)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
4 63'
3 43'
12
15
14 85'
19 88'
11
22 35'
7 55' 86'
9 20' 24'
Coach: C. Ancelotti
# Player Bookings
1
22
3
18
14
4 43'
8 7'
6
16 66'
10 42' 65' 84'
11
Coach: G. Martino

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
2
23
21
1
5
18
24
# Player Bookings
7
9
13
15
17
21
24

Wednesday 23 July

Tuesday 22 July

23:55
23:50
23:40
22:28
22:25
21:51
21:35
21:16
20:56
19:27
19:22
18:49
18:49
18:47
18:23
18:01
17:58
17:32
17:21
16:17
16:06
16:05
15:04
14:15
14:05
13:39
13:33
12:57
12:43
12:20
11:37
11:20
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07:11
06:41
06:32
06:06
05:47
05:33
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03:01
02:23
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02:21
02:04

Monday 21 July

22:40
22:38
21:56
21:31
20:39
20:29
19:16
19:11
18:21
18:06
17:17
17:17
16:59
16:55
16:37
16:26
16:11
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14:57
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05:29
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02:37
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +51 90
2 38 +67 87
3 38 +66 87
4 38 +27 70
5 38 +17 63
6 38 +16 59
7 38 +7 59
8 38 -2 49
9 38 -5 49
10 38 -8 48
11 38 -7 45
12 38 -34 43
13 38 -19 42
14 38 -10 42
15 38 -24 41
16 38 -20 40
17 38 -28 40
18 38 -30 39
19 38 -22 36
20 38 -42 25

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