Barcelona captain Iniesta starts last Clasico against Real Madrid

Barcelona captain Iniesta starts last Clasico against Real Madrid

Barcelona's season has, however, had one blemish: they were dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals by AS Roma, leaving Real Madrid and Liverpool to progress to the final and denying the Blaugrana a chance of a treble.

He added: "To become invincible in a competition isn't something you can do every year, especially now when La Liga is more competitive and the teams are getting better and better. I am not breaking any tradition, but neither will I do something that they did not do".

After 34 matches, 2970 minutes plus, Barcelona are just 360 minutes away from going unbeaten for the whole 2017/18 La Liga season.

This was a reference to Barcelona not offering the same courtesy to Los Blancos after they won the FIFA Club World Cup.

Elsewhere for Real, Casemiro is also recalled by Zidane after being benched for a midweek Champions League semi-final clash with Bayern Munich.

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

"I'll take everything. When you analyse it, you always think about what you have lost".

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"It's true that this year, because the title is already decided, there is less expectation, but that's normal". Obviously, we want to win, irrelevant of the table - and they will too, given the situation and our rivalry.

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Zidane's opposite number was also keen to stress there would be no easing-off from his side despite their title success.

"In the Champions League, more factors come into play - good luck, bad luck, sometimes in the Champions League there are more candidates able to win". Zinedine Zidane's visitors will be eyeing revenge as well as they were blanked 3-0 in the early-season meeting at Santiago Bernabeu. They have now stitched a 41-match winning streak in the league, which starts from last season.

"As much as it's being talked about, it's not particularly important", Valverde said, as reported by Football Espana.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has been nursing a calf injury ahead of what would be his final Clasico, having announced late last month he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season. "If he is fit, he will play".

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