Marc-Andre ter Stegen reveals Barcelona ambitions without Lionel Messi

Hope Soto
October 28, 2018

Though Barcelona are without Messi, who is out for three weeks after fracturing his arm against Sevilla last weekend , the hosts are big favourites to claim their third win on the spin.

The first four meetings were between FC Barcelona and "Madrid CF.' It wasn't until 1920 that the Real prefix was given to the capital city club by King Alfonso XIII; 'Real" translates as "Royal" in English.

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"The Clasico existed before that. There are no favorites for the Clasico even if I think that playing at home is always a good starting point".

When Madrid won the league and Champions League double in 2017, 48 league goals were provided by Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez. Neither of the teams are really enjoying a very good spell of form, but it's fair to say that Barcelona is the better team at this moment among the two. We are focused on training well, preparing well, and being in the best condition possible tomorrow for the game.

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Madrid will be such as unsafe opponent. "But we have to look at ourselves and win our games".

"I expect to keep breathing whatever happens", Lopetegui said.

Valverde not only has to find a suitable replacement but also has to ensure Messi's absence doesn't damage his side's confidence. "I'm not aware of what people are saying because that will not help me deliver a win".

Determined to show Barcelona could cope without him, Messi's teammates dominated Inter with their passing attack and quickly pressured to recover the ball. FC Barcelona is located in the city of Barcelona, the Catalan capital, while Real Madrid is a team from Madrid, the capital of Spain, and they are more than 300 miles apart.

It is six games since Barca last kept a clean sheet - a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League opener - and the defence has come under scrutiny amid the poor run. "On Sunday we have a game that motivates us a huge amount".

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