Barcelona won't give Ronaldo and Real Madrid a guard of honour – Amor

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The Catalans said that because they did not compete in the competition, they will not honour their great rivals ahead of their big match

Barcelona ruled out performing a guard of honour for Real Madrid ahead of the El Clasico after their rivals' Club World Cup success.

Madrid host a crucial Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, needing a win to close an 11-point gap to Barca.

After leading Zinedine Zidane's men to their Club World Cup win, Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo said Barcelona should give his team a guard of honour.

However, Guillermo Amor – a director at Barca – ruled that idea out.

"We make it clear that we only do this when we participate in the competition," he said after Barca's 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

"When we compete in the competition, we will do it but that is not the case. That's the way it is."

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Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said he was yet to even consider the possibility of a guard of honour.

"We've only just finished this game," he said. "I haven't even paid it a thought."

Unbeaten in 16 league games this season, Barca hold a six-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid.

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