Barcelona star Lionel Messi shared his expectations for Real Madrid clash.
"I expect a very strong Real Madrid," Messi is cited as saying by Marca. "They are special matches, no matter how one or the other arrives. We are both in a good moment, but they are moments that go apart. Our Champions League hopes? We must start from scratch, because it is a new year, a new competition. Learn from the past, from mistakes and focus on the present. La Liga? Everything is more even, anyone can beat anyone. It is difficult to play as a visitor because the stadiums become very strong. That makes everything more complicated. Everything is more even."
Barcelona vs Real Madrid clash is scheduled for December 18.
Barcelona and Real Madid have 34 points and lead the standings.