vermaelen entrevista

Ahead of Saturday's highly-anticipated clash against Real Madrid, defender Thomas Vermaelen spoke about the significance of El Clásico.

The Belgian has been involved in some big derbies throughout his career, so he weighed in with his views on where this one ranks, as well as what lies ahead this season for FC Barcelona.

The biggest of all

"Tottenham-Arsenal is a massive rivalry because they’re both in North London but, I heard that the Barcelona-Real Madrid El Clásico is the most viewed or most watched single sport event in the world, close to the Super Bowl, so there are a lot of people who watch this game, so it is bigger. You can compare (other derbies) but this is bigger."

Memories of El Clásico

"The 2-6? Yes, I remember that one, and of course this season. This was the first one, for me, to experience myself in the Bernabeu itself. Last year I wasn’t there of course. It was a great performance from the team in the Bernabeu, the way we played, it was a great result."

Winning it all, again

"Of course it’s possible, I mean, we’re still in all three cups and that’s what you want to go for but, as I say, you don’t want to talk about trophies because it’s just too far ahead. We have to focus on every game because if you lose that focus, if you kind of look too far ahead, you will lose games.

"You have to take it day by day and game by game and see how far we are ahead, but we can’t deny we’re in a very good position in the league, we’re in the final of the Copa and we’re still in the Champions League so, yes, I said, we’re in a good position."


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