Spanish champions Real Madrid may have won the Club World Cup, but Barcelona ruled out performing a guard of honour for Real Madrid ahead of the El Clasico after their arch-rival’ Club World Cup achievement.
Los Blancos will host the crucial El-Clasico clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, requiring a win to close an 11- point gap to the Catalan club.
In the wake of leading Los Blancos to their Club World Cup win, Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo said Barcelona should give his team a guard of honour.
‘It would be nice and I would like Barcelona to make for us the guard of honour,’ Ronaldo told reporters.
In any case, Guillermo Amor – an executive at Barca – ruled that thought out.
“We make it clear that we only do this when we participate in the competition,” he said after Barca’s 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
“When we compete in the competition, we will do it but that is not the case. That’s the way it is.”
“We’ve only just finished this game,” he said. “I haven’t even paid it a thought.”
Unbeaten in 16 league games this season, Barca hold a six-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo then hopes to get the better of Barcelona in order to breathe life into Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign. ‘
I hope we can beat Barça so that the League is alive, we have to enjoy every moment because we do not know what can happen tomorrow, we are gaining confidence and we are going to improve and finish very well.’