If you predicted Real Madrid’s win in Saturday’s El Clasico, you’re either a genius or a liar.
Most people expected Barcelona to comfortably beat their arch-rivals having thrashed them 4-0 at the Bernabeu earlier in the season.
But Madrid left the Nou Camp with a deserved three points after goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Los Blancos a 2-1 victory, after they had trailed to a Gerard Pique header.
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But Saturday’s clash between the two sides may not be the last this season. Both of the Spanish giants are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and further Clasico encounters is something that all neutrals would love.
But, despite being beaten by Zinedine Zidane’s side at the weekend, Pique has insisted he is desperate to gain revenge on Real Madrid - and would love to face them in the Champions League final in Milan on May 28.
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"I would like to face Madrid in the Champions League final," the defender told reporters, per Marca.
"Anyone would want to play them and we should have more confidence, such is the legacy of [Johan] Cruyff.”
Threat of Atletico
But before Pique and his teammates can think about the final, they have the tough task of beating another Madrid - Atletico.
Atleti are second in La Liga, just six points behind Barcelona and Pique is aware of the threat they pose, stating that the clash will be even tougher than the defeat to Madrid.
"What we like are challenges, and again we play on Tuesday against a great rival. We have to win to show why we have won everything and are looking forward to doing it again,” he said.
"They're having an excellent season, it will be more difficult than the Clasico.
"They're the second best team in Spain, according to the league. But, in the end, it boils down to us, if everything comes off we are unstoppable,” he added.
Attack, attack, attack
The first-leg will be played at the Nou Camp, with the return clash the following week and Pique has revealed how his side will play.
"We always try to win the tie in the first leg, so we will go all out from the start, trying to score as many goals as possible,” he said.
The loss to Madrid ended Barcelona’s’ 39-match unbeaten run and meant they suddenly appear to be embroiled in a title-race.
But Pique has reiterated Barcelona’s aims for the seasons and plans to bounce back in tonight’s game.
"We are mad with desire to play on Tuesday," admitted Pique. "I'm convinced we will win the league and do everything to reach the Champions League final.
"Saturday was a defeat like any other, we had gone 39 games unbeaten before and now we have a unique opportunity to return to winning ways in a great match."
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