Gareth Bale steps up Real Madrid recovery ahead of clasico with Barcelona

Sunday's El Clasico at La Liga leaders Real Madrid offers a final chance to save their season

The decision could be key in the battle for La Liga title as Real Madrid are now three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table and with one game in hand.

"The world grinds to a halt to watch this game", Madrid left back Marcelo said.

Real Madrid's 2014 and 2016 Champions League titles came with final wins over Atletico Madrid. He has 45 goals in 45 games in all competitions, including six in his last six games.

Perhaps the price of 9/4 (3.25) for both teams to score in the first half could be of interest, with this bet paying out in four of the last nine meetings, although the two most recent Clasicos have been goalless at the break.

Messi has been more than comfortable when playing at the Bernabeu, where he has 12 career goals.

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A draw meanwhile would suit Madrid and the last time these two sides met back in December, Sergio Ramos scored in injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou. In any case, if he doesn't, Zidane will not rush him and will wait some more time to have him completely ready for the Champions League semifinals.

"I think the big clubs can not stop from signing new players and renewing the squad every single year because it is too demanding to be there because they have to be always first, they have to be champions in all the competitions that they play".

Neymar will miss Barcelona's crucial trip to Real Madrid on Sunday as well as their forthcoming LaLiga clash with Osasuna, unless the ban is overturned by CAS.

In addition to the clasico on Sunday, the Brazilian forward will also miss the Spanish league game against last-place Osasuna on April 26.

Barca's historic treble the previous year prompted a spending spree from Real Madrid's returning president Florentino Perez, who splashed over 200 million euros in one summer on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema to try and shoot down the soaring Catalans. "There will be changes in Barcelona during the summer, but even if they had won the Champions League, there would have been changes anyway", Salgado said.

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