Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists Los Blancos are still the best side in the world despite Barcelona being 10-points ahead of them in La Liga.
The Catalans host their fierce rivals later this evening and look on course to win the treble they won last May – La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
Los Cules have dominated European football in recent seasons, winning Europe’s elite club competition in four of the past 10 seasons – 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. They,e won five of the past seven La Liga titles too.
But speaking to Bwin ahead of the Clasico, Ramos insists Real are still the team to beat in world football.
“The rivalry has increased, and to score against them would be a bigger joy than scoring against another rival. The key to victory will be playing with maximum tranquillity, which is difficult when you’re facing such important forwards. At the end of the day, we’re the best team in the world playing against another team who in recent years have also been the best in nearly every competition,” he said.
He picked out the BBC and Keylor Navas as being key for the team in the Clasico and for the rest of the campaign.
“They’re dangerous for their quality and that’s what makes them so decisive. Keylor Navas has adapted very well to replacing a Real Madrid legend in Iker. One of the most important things is that the goalkeeper transmits security to his teammates,” he stated.