Confident after finally ending his 684-minute goal drought with an emphatic header in the New York Red Bulls' 3-0 victory over San Jose, forward Thierry Henry discussed his feelings about Saturday's Clasico clash, daring his former rivals Real Madrid to try to attack in their next meeting with Barcelona.
"We watched the game before this game today. This one wasn’t obviously the big one, no disrespect to Madrid," Henry said after his own match. "I think the game on Wednesday, the final of the Cup [Copa del Rey], is going to be a massive one. Especially because you need to have a winner, I think Real Madrid are going to have to try to win."
The 33-year-old former French international added: "I don’t know, I saw the game today and they were just waiting to see what was going to happen."
Henry admits that having won six trophies with Barcelona obviously makes him biased towards his former club.
"Obviously, you don’t have to ask me who I think is going to win," he said. "I think it’s going to be a special one [on Wednesday] because it’s a must win game. Hopefully, Barca will win."
The captain believes that the Champions League match between the two Spanish clubs will be the pinnacle of the four derby matches during a three-week span.
“I think the Champions League one is going to be the big one,” said Henry.
Real Madrid haven't won against Barcelona in their past six attempts and the media in Spain are questioning whether or not Jose Mourinho's team have the confidence to win over their fierce rivals.
Henry was indifferent when asked whether or not Barca have the mental edge over the capital-based club, adding: "You know I don’t mind. That’s not my problem [if they don’t have confidence]. As long as Barca wins, I really don’t mind."