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"We've seen this year that teams like Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Real Betis, Villarreal are all getting closer to the European competitions and they're making it more hard for Barcelona and Real Madrid than two or three years ago".

"I think Barcelona will look to sign another player in the midfield, they already bought Coutinho who is a fantastic player for the team, ideal for the philosophy of the club". And some say they weren't in the competition, that's a lie. "We must explain the situation - after the Club World Cup I understand it was not important for them to do it". Obviously, we want to win, irrelevant of the table - and they will too, given the situation and our rivalry. They've already sewn up the title with four games to go and could become the first team to go a whole league season unbeaten in Spain's top flight.

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.

"We respect what Barca have done in winning the league, which for me is the most hard and nicest thing you can do".

Valverde was reluctant to be drawn on the bubbling issue of the guard of honour after Zidane had repeated on Saturday Real would not perform one this weekend.

Real are aiming for an unprecedented third successive triumph in the Champions League era when they face Jurgen Klopp's side.

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Zidane attributed his reasoning to Barca, who refused to make the gesture for Real in December after Los Blancos had won the Club World Cup.

Barcelona have already sealed the league title.

"I am not going to think about [the Champions League final], as if I did we would not even play tomorrow". We need to play as we always do and try to give our all.

"We've spoken a lot about this", Valverde said. You will not be able to rely on the main defender Dani Carvajal, the participation of another defencists Raphael Varane and football player middle line ISCO (injury).

One player will be firmly in centre stage as he competes in El Clasico for the very last time: departing Barca skipper Andres Iniesta, who is hoping to start after recovering from a minor injury which forced him to skip training earlier this week. We have many players to come in for those missing, and that is the most important thing.

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