Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho has called El Clasico the biggest game in world football, ahead of the meeting with Barcelona on Sunday.
The capital club travel to Camp Nou to face Tito Vilanova's side at the weekend, and the 49-year-old tactician has admitted it is bigger than any other match.
“When Madrid plays Barcelona, the world stops,” he told Bien Sport. “It is a game we love to play – for us and for them. In that sense, it is definitely more than a normal league match.
“But our goal is to win the championship. It is just three points in the end.”
The former Chelsea man also commented on the team's poor start to the season, that has seen them win just three of their first six League games.
“The fundamental difference is that this team last season were not champions – this season, they are champions. In my opinion, the team has started the season this way because of the prestige of being the defending champions.”
Mourinho concluded by remarking on his future, and whether he sees himself staying at Santiago Bernabeu.
“I am happy and want to continue here. I've signed with Real Madrid for another four years, because we are the world's best football club.
“Following my triumphs in England and Italy, Madrid was missing from my CV. Now that I have it, I have to work to the best of my abilities.
“I was very happy in London though, and I'll return.”