Luis Suarez gives his thoughts on Real Madrid not having Ronaldo for El Clasico

Barcelona's Luis Suarez

The first El Clasico of the 2018/19 season is almost upon us.

Barcelona host the first fixture between the two Spanish giants, with the Blaugrana currently top of La Liga.

Real Madrid are already four points behind their bitter rivals and a loss at the Nou Camp would be a devastating blow.

Los Blancos are currently on a woeful run of form which has seen them win just once in their last five games.

That victory was a scrappy 2-1 against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday evening, a win that pretty much kept Julen Lopetegui in the job.

The former Spain manager was lucky to stay on after Real's disastrous 2-1 loss to Levante at the Bernabeu.

Naturally, a lot of people are bringing up the summer exit of Cristiano Ronaldo when discussing Real's woes.

They're clearly missing his goals and the likes of Toni Kroos and Isco have been asked in recent days about his departure.

And Barcelona's Luis Suarez has now weighed in on the debate just before Sunday's El Clasico.

Speaking to the club's official website, Suarez said: "We all know the kind of quality player Cristiano is, but a team is stronger than a single player, and they [Madrid] have many other great players who can make a difference.

"We have to our best without thinking about which players does the opponent have."

He's made a good point.

The last thing Barca or Real want to be doing before such a big game is discussing a player who is now at Juventus.

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Sunday's El Clasico will be the first since 2007 without either Ronaldo or Lionel Messi playing - Real won that game 1-0.

Messi is missing after picking up a nasty arm injury in the 4-2 win over Sevilla, so the onus will be on Suarez to act as the talisman going forward.

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