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The Argentine believes Jose Mourinho's men are a long way ahead of their local rivals, while voicing his fear that Xabi Alonso could miss the Clasico through suspension

Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has claimed that his former side could run out convincing victors in Saturday's clash with city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Jose Mourinho's side are currently 15 points ahead of the Colchoneros and, speaking to Marca, the 56-year-old was confident his old employers would come out on top.

"Atletico are full of doubt and Madrid are full of conviction; the feeling is that Madrid can win with ease," Valdano stated.

The Argentine went on to voice his concern that Xabi Alonso could pick up a suspension, having already accumulated four yellow cards this season.

"There's a chance we'll lose him against Barcelona [on December 10]. After [Cristiano] Ronaldo, he is the most important player in the squad," he explained.

Real Madrid currently sit three points clear at the top of the table, but the former sporting director believes the team cannot be judged until they lock horns with the Catalans.

"It takes a peak from every individual. Also, the team collectively gives the impression of confidence. The unit of measurement will be against Barcelona."

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