Luis Suarez believes it is Barcelona’s ‘turn’ to win the Clasico against Real Madrid on Sunday.
Barca have failed to win their last three Clasicos at Camp Nou, drawing 2-2 towards the end of last season, but Madrid no longer have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks and have not won in La Liga for over a month.
“Clasicos are always Clasicos,” Suarez, who has six goals in 10 previous meetings with Los Blancos, told Mundo Deportivo.
“In the last one of last season, we were already champions but still played with the intensity of a Clasico.
“They’re always like that. You really want to play in them. You have to take form into account, but you don’t think about their state of mind or if they’re coming into it after playing badly. These are Clasicos.
“A new Coach is always an extra motivation for the players, to show they want to do well. We have to be very careful because they have players with a lot of quality and talent.
“Everyone knows what kind of player Ronaldo is, but a team are worth more than a name. There are others who also play for Madrid and make a difference.
“We have to devise an approach and not think about what players our opponents may have or what they lack without Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We want to win, for the fans, ourselves and to stay top. It’s our turn to win and we hope it is on Sunday,
“You try to play the same as you normally do in a Clasico, but you can’t. You think more and you’re more focused.
“The adrenaline is something else and the atmosphere is different. It’s different but we try to do the same as always.
“Just for how it’s played, Clasicos remind me of knockout matches with Uruguay and the way South Americans approach them.
“Playing in a Clasico gives you a special vibration. The fans spread the adrenaline and the players want to win no matter what.”