Neymar appeal latest: Barcelona star ruled out of Real Madrid showdown

While Real Madrid could be missing Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane and Pepe, Barcelona will certainly be without the suspended Neymar and his absence will be a major blow for the visitors.

A win on Sunday will see Madrid move six points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over Barcelona.

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is confident that his team can shrug off the disappointment of their Champions League quarter-final defeat against Juventus and will be ready for Sunday's Spanish league clash against Real Madrid. Indeed, this selection has paid out in eight of the last 11 Clasicos and with Real Madrid in particularly having a fondness for late goals this season, backing one to be scored in the last 11 minutes looks extremely tempting.

"Over the two legs, Juventus played better than we did and deserved to go through to the semi-finals". We have the best stimulus that any Barcelona fan could ask for which is that we play against our eternal rival. "So, I think that's my best memory".

French Socialist candidate holding Paris rally
Until now, Le Pen had struggled to get the campaign to focus on her party's trademark tough security and immigration stance. The months-long French campaign seemed to grow ever weirder and more uncertain as polling day approached.

But on Sunday, all eyes will be on El Clasico.

"The world grinds to a halt to watch this game", Madrid left back Marcelo said. He also had a pair in a 2-0 win in the semifinals of the Champions League in 2011.

"I think the big clubs can not stop from signing new players and renewing the squad every single year because it is too demanding to be there because they have to be always first, they have to be champions in all the competitions that they play". But this would mark the first time since 2012 that it hasn't won La Liga or the Champions League or both.

Real had employed three different coaches to try to end Barca's domestic hegemony under Guardiola and finally completed the task under the Catalan's ideological opposite Jose Mourinho, who led the team to a record breaking total of 100 points. Since then, Barcelona has won three titles and Atletico Madrid one. The Bianconeri played a style of football that is suited to them and did it very well. "Obviously, he needs to sign some players but the end of an era, I wouldn't say that", he added.

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