Argentine talisman Lionel Andre Messi is envisaging his Barcelona side to beat Arch rivals Real Madrid in Saturday’s Classico clash to ensure his side can enjoy a merry Christmas.
FC Barcelona currently lie on top of the La Liga table with an 11-point lead from Madrid in the Liga table. The Catalans sitting six points clear from second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Victory for Ernesto Valverde’s men would give Barca an overwhelming lead from last season’s champions, who have a game in hand against Laganes due to their trip to the Club World Cup.
And Messi, who missed out on this year’s Ballon d’Or to Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, is keen for Barcelona to go into the winter break on a high.
Messi made his thought known when he went to the city of Madrid to receive his Pichichi award for been the top scorer in the 2016/17 league season.
“It would be important to win for what it means, it’s always a special game,” Messi said. “Real Madrid, at their stadium… winning is an important advantage.
“There would still be a lot of league games left, but it would be nice to be able to end the year with a victory and spend a happy Christmas”.
It will be recalled that FC Barcelona won 3-2 in the league when they two sides met at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeau. Lionel Messi scored a last minute heart breaking goal against the Whites.