Gareth Bale could be fit for El Clasico after returning to training

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While Real Madrid is aiming for its second straight Champions League title, it hasn't won La Liga since 2012.

An injury-time Sergio Ramos equaliser ensured Madrid maintained a six-point cushion over Luis Enrique's side when the sides met earlier this season, and with Los Blancos now three points ahead with a game in hand, victory would leave Barca trailing by the same margin with only five to play.

Cristiano Ronaldo has 16 goals in 26 matches between the clubs.

"Florentino Perez promised me I could do it many years ago, that when I won a major he would let me take the kick-off, and now it has coincided with a Clasico", Garcia told El Pais.

The Blaugrana, five-time winners of the Uefa Champions League, were shunted out of the elite European competition on Wednesday night, by the same opponents - Juventus - whom they had beaten to win their last Champions League title in the 2014-15 season.

It is renowned as one of the biggest matches in world football and whenever Real Madrid and Barcelona come face-to-face it captures the imagination of the footballing community.

A Madrid win will see Zidane's side move six points clear with six games left to play, including a trip to play Tony Adams' relegation-threatened Granada.

The Argentina global, however, has been held without a goal in his past six appearances in the derby, and since 2009-10, Ronaldo's first season with Madrid, Ronaldo's 16 goals total one more than Messi.

The Brazil worldwide has three goals and three assists - the most goals plus assists against Real Madrid by a Barcelona player since he joined the club in 2013-14.

The pair have had many run-ins and the build-up to Sunday's Clasico was no different, Pique making reference on Twitter to poor officiating in Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern.

The RFEF competition committee saw fit to suspend Neymar for two extra games after his original sending off, meaning Neymar would miss the all-important El Clasico with Real Madrid on Sunday. It is the end of an era and then suddenly you win two or three Leagues. He would be the first player to reach that mark with the club.



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