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22 Abril, 2017, 08:01
Victory would therefore leave them six points clear with Barca, having just five games to make up the difference - and the gap would effectively be seven points because Real would also have head-to-head advantage, which is used to separate teams level on points in La Liga.
Barcelona will be without Neymar, who was suspended three games after sarcastically applauding an assistant referee in the loss to Malaga in the league two weeks ago.
Gareth Bale faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's potentially title-deciding La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Should the club fail in a prospective appeal to CAS, Neymar would return for the derby against Espanyol on April 29.
Barcelona's head coach Luis Enrique and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, left, stand on the sideline during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Real are unbeaten since February, winning 10 of their last 12 games. It's nearly inconceivable that Barcelona, Bayern or Madrid could fail to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League and, once they're there, it only takes a kind draw, a handful of lucky bounces or a couple of isolated good performances to win the competition. Barcelona is hungry after their Champions League exit this week, led by the player widely considered to be the best of all time, Lionel Messi. He would be the first player to reach that mark with the club.
Javier Mascherano is likely to miss El Clasico after picking up a calf strain in the Champions League against Juventus.
And if Barca lose out on the title to Real Madrid, serious questions will be raised about how they failed to strengthen their thin squad despite spending so much money trying to fix it.
Down at the other end of La Liga, bottom-of-the-table Osasuna entertain third-from-bottom Sporting Gijon, who were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Madrid last weekend.
"We have a lot of confidence and we have a very strong team". We need to understand the situation and push on.
Real Madrid's lineup might miss Gareth Bale, Pepe and Rapahel Varane, whose injuries could get worse if they participate in Sunday's game.
However, Zidane has shown his insistence to put collective glory ahead of what is best for Madrid's marketing campaigns.