Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui: There's life (for me) after El Clasico

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Real Madrid head to the El Clasico showdown at Camp Nou, keen on improving their seventh spot placing, four points adrift of Barcelona, at the top of the La Liga log. I am 100 percent focused on helping my team for tomorrow, nothing more.

Reacting about his future at the Champions League winners on Wednesday night, Lopetegui said: "This question is not for me. We are ready to play a game of this size and these demands".

"Real Madrid remain a top team, either with or without Cristiano". Real Madrid must try out new ideas on the pitch to live without such an important player like Ronaldo. All we can do is keep underlining we are working well and hard and to show the fans.

Lopetegui played a 4-4-2 against Roma, which was Real Madrid's best performance of the season.

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However, Essien feels that Real Madrid can still win the El Clasico on Sunday, despite having won only one game in the last five and only scoring in the previous two. "We focus on the rival, of course, but on what they can do".

"We know how Madrid is, the more badly it is hurt, the more unsafe it is", Valverde said.

Midfielders, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are expected to hold the midfield position for Valverde's side, while Sergi Roberto will start at right-back. "It's such a big game, and the whole world wants to watch it".

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"We must play with great confidence but the minimum of arrogance given the good spell we are going through". "Then when we have to defend, we will defend".

In the only other game Messi hasn't started this season, Barca struggled to a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao and only began to produce something approaching their best football when the Argentinian came on as a second-half substitute.

After training Madrid announced a 22-man squad to travel to the Catalan capital on Saturday afternoon, with Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior included after Madrid appealed against his sending off last weekend, but defender Jesus Vallejo was ruled out with a thigh injury.

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