Real Madrid are
desperate for revenge for a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Barcelona earlier
this season when they play their arch-rivals on Saturday.
"This is the revenge match for us because that 3-0 defeat hurt us
because of the way it damaged our image and our fans," goalkeeper Iker
Casillas told a news conference on Wednesday.
Barcelona forward Ronaldinho was given a standing ovation by a section
of the Real Madrid fans after he scored two virtuoso solo goals in
November's match at the Bernabeu.
"When we beat them there (in Barcelona) in the Champions League (in
2002) no one applauded us. If we play well and win that will be great
and if we play badly and win that will be great too," said Casillas.
Barca lead Real by 11 points in the Primera Liga with eight games left.
The Spain international admitted that even if Real win at the Nou Camp,
their hopes of depriving Barca of a second successive league title
remained very slim.
"We are realistic," Casillas said. "Our aim is to win at the Nou Camp to
try and pull clear of the other teams that are fighting for second place.
"We have to win at all costs. If they win they will be taking a giant
step towards the title."