Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has spoken ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico tie with Barcelona, which he calls a ‘must-win’ for his side.
Heading into Saturday’s lunch-time game, Madrid are the ‘underdogs’ after a stuttering start to the season which has seen them sit 11 points behind their arch rivals and league leaders, Barca.
Bragging rights were in Madrid’s hands prior to the season after a Spanish SuperCopa victory over the Catalan giants, but Ernesto Valverde’s side have been faultless in their attempts so far to win back to the La Liga title.
Ramos, who is no stranger to big El Clasico ties, has talked up the significance of the game – one which he calls a ‘must-win’ for his side.
“There are no words to describe these occasions and this is sure to be another great match,” Ramos is quoted as saying by Marca.
“This is the most important match in the world, bigger than any other, and due to the situation we find ourselves we must win the game to continue fighting for La Liga.
“We enter the game in a good place having won the Club World Cup and this is a boost on a psychological level, and we are extremely keen to play as we want to make up lost ground on those above us.”
Madrid come into the game off the back of a second successive Club World Cup victory, where Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was enough to beat Brazilian side Gremio last weekend.
Whilst, Barcelona approach the game having beaten Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 thanks to braces from Luis Suarez and Paulinho.
Sergio Busquets, who missed that game is expected to return to the Barca eleven, whilst Gareth Bale’s return to fitness is expected to see him line up with Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.