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Ronaldo withdrawn in El Clasico after suffering knock

Ronaldo withdrawn in El Clasico after suffering knock

El Clasico is never far away from drama, needle and a bit of pettiness and Sunday's match is no different with Real Madrid refusing to give Barcelona a guard of honour despite the Catalan giants winning La Liga.

Madrid go into the game 15 points adrift of the champions and four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, with a game in hand over their local rivals.

One player who particularly needs a strong performance is Gareth Bale after seemingly dropping to the bottom of Zidane's pecking order in the attacking positions, so expect to see the Welshman fired up - possibly even playing for his future at the club - if he is given a chance to impress.

The incident Zidane was referring to happened before the Clasico on December 23 when, having returned from the United Arab Emirates as Club World Cup winners, Barcelona elected not to give Real a guard of honour as is traditional in Spain.

"It was they who did not give it to us and we, with all respect, will not give it in return", he explained. "Some say they were not in the competition, but you have to win the Champions League to play the Club World Cup, and we are all in the Champions League".

"They didn't give us one, so what's most important is respecting what they have done". The most important [thing] is [that] we respect what Barcelona has done. "We have changed some subtle things but there is no time", Caparros said on Thursday.

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However, Zinedine Zidane was optimistic Isco could feature against Barcelona, having returned to training following a shoulder problem, also picked up against Bayern Munich.

"We have to finish as high as possible and what matters most to me is to prepare for the Champions League final and that is done through our intensity in the matches".

Raphael Varane had been an injury doubt heading into the weekend after being forced to sit out training during the week due to a calf injury.

Barca take on Real Madrid in El Clasico tonight and former Liverpool midfielder Garcia was asked ahead of the game which players they will look to sign.

"I don't know how much you are going to ask me but my response is very clear", Zidane said to reporters in early April.