Rafa Benitez has made it clear that the only way Real Madrid can beat Barcelona on Saturday is by “attacking, scoring goals and getting into their box”.
Speaking at his pre-Clasico Press conference on Friday, the Coach also revealed Karim Benzema was in Los Blancos’ squad for the match, despite the striker’s ongoing role in the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail case, and hinted at a start for young midfielder Casemiro.
“[Benzema’s] in the squad. He’s trained well, with the squad and we’ll decide whether or not he plays,” he began.
“It’s my first Clasico with the first team, but I’ve faced [Barca] at youth level with Madrid many times.
“The team approach the match in good shape, with enthusiasm and excitement.
“We’re aware of the importance of any game against Barcelona and the importance of getting three points.
“What worries me the most is what’s happening in the world [referring to the Paris attacks].
“As for footballing issues and what happened against Sevilla, it was the first game [of the season] we lost.
“We went into the match with injury problems but played well in the first half. We must get back on track.
“This is probably the second time we’ve had everyone available and that makes me positive for the future.
“We’re a winning team with the ability to grow further. For now, we have everyone fit and that makes us more competitive.
“All the players are important. Casemiro’s in the squad and important like everyone else in the squad.
“He’s played the last few matches and shown us his strength. He’ll serve us for the future. I remain optimistic about the league. "
“[On how to beat Barca], a lot depends on the team you’re coaching. Extremadura aren’t the same as Madrid.
“We’re a team with the ability to attack, score goals and get into our opponents’ box, and that’s what we intend to do.”