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Pep deflects attention from top of the table clash

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has attempted to downplay the importance of the Clasico fixture against Real Madrid on November 29 by claiming that the fixture is only as important as the last one, and it “seems like the world will end”.

The Blaugrana boss remained coy in his press conference on Friday, choosing to say little about Real when asked about their performances, and in terms of the fixture itself against los Blancos, he stated that he would rather focus on the match in hand, against Almeria on Saturday evening.

He stated: “For everything that is said that surrounds the game it is better to be quiet. The best thing at this stage, is silence.

“I do not want to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid. I am selfish. I want to hear more talk about Almeria because we will be playing them shortly. Each El Clasico seems like the last, and  it also seems as if the world will end around it. All we will do is to try and make a great game.”

Guardiola also discussed his defensive options for the match, with Gerard Pique a booking away from a suspension that would rule him out of the match against Real Madrid, while Eric Abidal has picked up a knock in training.

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