Barcelona star Xavi hopes to experience the "footballing pleasure" of winning at the Bernabeu as he prepares to make his 600th official appearance for the club against their great rivals Real Madrid tonight.
Barca ace Xavi. PIC/Getty Images
The first Clasico of the 2011-12 Primera Division campaign is the standout fixture in Spain and indeed the world this coming weekend, with Real currently three points clear of Barca at the top of La Liga with a game in hand.
There is therefore extra pressure on Barcelona to force a positive result in the Spanish capital, where they claimed a 2-0 win in the Champions League semi-finals in April. Playmaker Xavi, who is set for a 13th league appearance against Los Blancos, told fcbarcelona.com: "It's always nice to win at the Bernabeu and even more so looking at the table. It would be a turning point for us.
"To go and win at the Bernabeu is a footballing pleasure." Xavi insisted league form rarely has much of an impact on a fixture as unique as the Clasico. "(Form) means nothing as far as this game is concerned......the clasicos have nothing to do with the table, nor how either team are doing. Anything can happen," he added.