Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola talked to the press and shared his thoughts on the upcoming El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which will be played this Sunday —16:15 CEST—.
“Madrid started well, their form dipped a little bit but they will stay there. El Clasico is a special match and there are no favorites. If I had to pick one it would be Barcelona because they’re playing at home, that always matters,” said Guardiola.
Neither Messi (injured) nor Cristiano Ronaldo (sold to Juventus) will play in this game, something quite unusual.
“Spanish football was lucky to have these two amazing players through a decade, this helped Spanish football develop,” he explained. “Real Madrid will be a top club with or without Cristiano, but they lost 50 or 60 goals. He’s an amazing player not only because the goals he scored but also because the assists he delivered in key moments, it’s impossible to replace him,” concluded the Spanish coach.