Martino set to attack

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino insists he will not suppress his side's attacking instincts to combat the threat posed by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in Saturday's Clasico showdown against Real Madrid.

We need to avoid losing the ball in the dangerous places and being hit on the counter by Madrid.

There are big Clasicos all over the world, but it's difficult to find one that generates so many expectations. I'm really looking forward to it and I want the same as all Barcelona fans, to play well and to win.

I don't think that in Clasicos there is a favourite. Both teams play their hands. The only thing that interests me is that Barca play a good game of football.

– Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino