Barca can still win 'beautiful' Clasico without Messi - Griezmann

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Barca go into the match - featuring two teams with six points from their opening two Group B games - without their talisman after he suffered a broken bone in his arm in Saturday's win over Sevilla.

For Valverde, Madrid are even more risky when they are desperate for a victory over their chief rival.

Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid in action during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 29, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Manager Julen Lopetegui is already under severe pressure ahead of taking his Real side to defending champions Barcelona - a fixture Ronaldo and an injured Lionel Messi will be absent from for the first time since 2007 .

"We have important matches and a lot of motivation going into them". "We focus on the rival, of course, but on what they can do".

Then Messi blew away Tottenham at Wembley and, a day later, Madrid lost 1-0 to CSKA Moscow, lacking the snap and spark Ronaldo once provided and that Messi had given the night before. Madrid will be such as unsafe opponent.

While Madrid's woes have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, Barcelona, too, have failed to consistently find their best form so far in 2018-19. They were clearly better than us, but we should have done more with some of our attacking chances.

When they faced each other in El Clasico, Barcelona won 14 of those contests (46.7%), Real claimed eight (26.7%) and there were eight draws.

"We know what Madrid are like, they are more risky when they are wounded", said Valverde at a press conference on the eve of the game.

"It's a great game for us in this moment because we have no choice but to stand up", Toni Kroos said. "We have to be recognisable in the way we play, keeping the ball". We've been doing it for many years.

"Messi is an exceptional player, because when you think you have seen everything in football he comes and shows you something else. We know what's at stake and we have to focus on playing our game".

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