Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has urged his team to ignore Barcelona’s 11-point lead over them at the top of the table.
The Catalan giants have won 13 of their first 16 league games and look primed to win the La Liga title.
Yet Zidane has called on his side to ignore the lead.
“We aren’t nervous. We have to think about playing a good match, not if we are 11, or eight, or 25 points behind,” Zidane said Friday.
“We are going to have to play a good match against a very good rival.”
And Real have sprung a major selection surprise.
Isco has to make do with a place on the bench along with Gareth Bale, with Zinedine Zidane opting to omit the two superstars.
Barcelona, meanwhile, have picked Sergi Roberto ahead of Nelson Semedo at right-back.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, however, start up top.
Real Madrid team: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Kovacic, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Hernandez, Vazquez, Asensio, Isco.
Barcelona team: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Suarez, Messi.
Subs: Cillessen, N.Semedo, Denis Suárez, Mascherano, Digne, Andre Gomes, Aleix Vidal