This is the best time for us to play Barcelona – Real Madrid manager explains why

Barcelona play host to Real Madrid on Saturday evening at the Estadio Olimpico, as both sides continue the fight for top spot.

Only one point separates the two sides, and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is feeling very positive ahead of the game.

According to Ancelotti, this is the best time for his side to play this game, as morale is high in the Real Madrid dressing room.

The Italian said: “We’re motivated, it’s an important, special game, as is always the case with the Clásico.

“It’s the first one of the season and there will be more to come because they are several competitions. We’re in good shape and we’re hugely excited to put on a good display. We’re in good spirits; this is the perfect time to play a big game.

“Just like the derby, there are no favourites in the Clásico. We’re in good form and we’re hungry to play. They’re looking strong as well and it’s going to be a brilliant game, hard-fought as ever. I hope the fans enjoy it.”