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FC Barcelona player Pedri González spoke to LaLiga ahead of El Clásico. Here are some of his standout quotes from the interview:
The importance of El Clásico
"It's a very important game because of what it means to the fans. For me, as a spectator I loved experiencing it, and now as a player I face the game with even greater excitement. We will try to take three points that would be very important for us."
His first El Clásico
"Matchday for El Clásico was very special. I was lucky enough that my family could come to see me, and send me off to the stadium. It's a game that we have watched many times over a family meal together. Going to the Camp Nou and playing in it is spectacular."
The difficulty of the fixture
"Like all El Clásicos, it will be a very difficult game. They also have a very good team, but we will have to have a great game if we are to get the three points. We are focused on that, knowing that it will be a very difficult game."
Players to watch
"They have players of a high quality -above all in central midfield. Benzema is also a spectacular player. We have to try to manage the game how we want."
The physical side
"Either team can win. Everything evens out in El Clásico, whether you are older, taller or fitter. Your mentality evens everything out."
"It's a game that will have a big effect on LaLiga. We have to try to take the three points in a very important match. We never give up on any trophy and we are going to fight to the end; we want to keep winning games, which will be what gives us a chance. The most important thing is to win matches and hope that the leaders drop points."
"I hope to keep getting minutes. I still have a lot of room for improvement, above all in terms of my fitness. I'm working on it. I want to continue enjoying playing with the best players, who are here."
Young talents at FC Barcelona
"There are a lot of young players coming through at Barça. We need to keep a cool head and work hard to earn our place, every day. A good future awaits if we work hard."
"I want to win my first trophy with Barça. It's a dream that I have always had. It would also be nice to win something with the national team."
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