Iniesta spoke to the media at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

[[DES_1]]Andrés Iniesta will play his thirtieth clásico on Saturday and he’s well aware that it’s a game in which anything can happen: “it’s hard to predict what we’ll find on Saturday , you don’t know how they’ll be and often it all comes down to little details. There is a lot of quality in both teams and the game could go either way”.

Speaking after training on Thursday, Iniesta insisted that “we will be going there with the intention of winning. It’d be a big mistake to think that we’ve got a four point lead and even if we lose we’ll still be top. We’re just thinking about playing well, winning and stretching our lead in the table, which would be important, but not decisive at this stage of the season". It’s always a footballing battle  On a tactical level, Iniesta reckons: “they will try and have the ball, create danger and hit us quickly on the break and we have to hold on to possession for as long as possible. It’s always a footballing battle and you have to be better than them at everything to win We have to maximise our strong points and minimise theirs”.

After his excellent performance on Tuesday, Iniesta admitted: “it’s always important to be on an upward curve and when you are at the top of your game you have to try and stay up there”.

Messi, Suarez and Neymar

Iniesta could find himself playing behind Messi, Suárez and Neymar on Saturday and he was duly quizzed about all three of them by reporters. Messi could beat Zarra’s goalscoring record on Saturday and Iniesta believes that any kind of homage to the Argentinean is the least of the matter: “I just want to see him get past the record, that’d be a good sign for us and mean we are in with a chance of winning”.

As for Luis Suárez, Iniesta explained: “he’s happy to be available and the rest of us are happy about it too. We hope he performs as well as he has always done”. Finally, Iniesta reflected on Neymar’s excellent current form: “the first year is always difficult, you have to change your ways and habits and it takes a while to settle. He’s more relaxed now and he’s an excellent, unique player”.

That 2-6 win was special

Iniesta explained that his best memory of a clásico is the 2-6 win at the Bernabeu under Pep Guardiola: “it’s always good to win, but that was a great victory which virtually ensured we won the league. There have been other games we’ve beaten them in since that were also pretty good”.

Asked about Messi’s best game, Iniesta insisted: “it’s hard to say which is his best game because he’s stamped himself on so many – let’s hope he does it again on Saturday”.