Real Madrid will match up against their arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga’s Christmas fixture on Saturday, and Sergio Ramos thinks the game would present a last chance to settle scores for every grievances and humiliations suffered within the year.
The 31-year-old Madrid captain, however, admitted that festive seasons are always a good time for surprises and says he understands the consequences of this Christmas Clasico.
Zinedine Zidane‘s team will play host to Ernesto Valverde and his men on 23 December.
While Barcelona are looking forward to their unprecedented third straight win at their rivals’ stadium, another victory for the visitors will see Los Blancos trail the league leaders with 14 points.
The huge gap guarantees Barcelona a cruise travel into next year, but Ramos says there’s hope that Los Blancos can set them back three points in preparation for a tasking 2018.
Speaking at a sponsorship event on Tuesday, the Spain international footballer said, ‘We’re looking forward to a memorable game. Words cannot, at this time, describe how we feel about the Christmas Clasico.
‘La Liga is totally a different league compared to the rest, and the Clasico is the most important game in the world.
‘This Christmas presents us with a chance to win for our fans and pride, there’ll be no better time to win than now…We have let ourselves fall into a precarious situation but must get back into the Liga race.’
Image: Sergio Ramos
Ramos said the recent victory at the Club World Cup has boosted their previously deflated confidence, and revealed the Real line-up has all eyes fixed on their last game of 2017.
‘We are coming into the game in good form after winning the Club World Cup, which always suits the team on a psychological level,’ he added.
‘The team has been working hard this week and we are hopeful that we will secure the maximum three points. A victory will bring us close to Barcelona.’