We are not Clasico favourites, says Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde

Updated: Dec 23, 2017, 18:29 IST | PA Sport | Madrid

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde does not believe his side has a huge advantage and the Primera Division table will count for anything when they face Real Madrid in El Clasico

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde does not believe his side has a huge advantage and the Primera Division table will count for anything when they face Real Madrid in El Clasico.

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Ernesto Valverde

The Catalan club have a six-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid and have opened up a gap of 11 points over Real Madrid in the La Liga table, with Los Blancos mired in fourth place after mixed fortunes in the first half of the season.

Coach Valverde cautioned that Barcelona's success compared to their rivals means nothing for such an important match. "I don't think we are favourites," Valverde told reporters. "The league table is perhaps of least importance in these games, they are very special games. It's about the tension between the teams. They have home advantage, which is very important. So, I wouldn't say we're favourites, no," he added.

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