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

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Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois threatens to sue Spanish paper for Mourinho, Conte claims

An unconvincing 2-1 win over Viktoria Plzen this week did little to change the mood that Julen Lopetegui is in serious danger of losing his job.

With Lionel Messi injured and Cristiano Ronaldo now playing his football with Juventus in Italy, it has been nearly 11 years since this fixture did not feature one of the Argentine or the Portuguese.

"It's going to be a lovely game like all the Clasicos", he told ESPN.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are preparing for Sunday's El Clasico against Barcelona at the Camp Nou with a freaky video and photo shot-out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Friday. I do not think he'll leave or retire soon. 'Our situation is not irreversible, we are in October'.

Asensio, much like most of the Madrid squad has not impressed this season and has only found the back on the net once in the league so far.

"No, it won't be any less of a Clasico without them", Valverde said. We are heading (to Barcelona) with the maximum ambition'.

Their underwhelming start to the season follows a transfer window in which Madrid allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to depart for Juventus and did not make a move to replace him.

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The Merseyside giants cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in their Champions League Group C clash at Anfield on Wednesday.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a Clasico for the first time in 11 years takes none of the gloss away from Sunday's match.

Barcelona emerged victorious from their Champions League clash against Inter Milan on Wednesday evening, with Rafinha, the player drafted in as Messi's replacement, scoring the opening goal in the 32nd minute. Two more Madrid defeats followed to leave Lopetegui on the brink while Barca are now 10 points from 12 and top of the table.

"With Messi, they would have caused us more problems, but without him that caused us enough trouble as it was", Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said. 'The crises in teams like Madrid are always blown out of proportion, and then the players step up.

"There were moments at the start of the season when Madrid were brilliant in possession and in terms of the pressure they put teams under", he warned.

Luis Suarez could sit out the game against Inter.

Criticism has been levelled at the Catalan side that in recent times they have become too reliant on their talisman and they now face the ultimate test to show they can function with Messi sidelined, too.

'We have to be able to play our style, that is the key, ' Valverde said.

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