Lionel Messi Plots Real downfall As El-Clasico Looms
Lionel Messi has called on his Barcelona team-mates to boot Real Madrid out of the title race.
League leaders Barcelona are 11 points ahead of Real Madrid in the La Liga table.
Real have one game in hand over their rivals but, with the Spanish top flight judging head-to-head records over goal difference, a win for Barca would almost certainly end their rivals’ title hopes.
The first Clasico of the season kicks off at noon next Saturday at the Bernabeu.
And Messi is targeting three points from Barca’s trip to the capital.
“We want to win that match not just for it’s significance,” Messi said.
“But also because of Madrid, because if we win we will gain an important advantage over them.
“After that there would be a lot of distance in the table.”
Messi added: “It would be very nice to say goodbye to the year with a victory in the Clasico.”
Real were crowned world champions on Saturday when they beat Gremio 1-0 in the Club World Cup final.