Barcelona is less than a week removed from their rivalry match win against Real Madrid and they find themselves in another Derby match. Barcelona hosts Espanyol in the Catalan Derby or Barcelonian Derby on Friday.
Barcelona is in first place in La Liga with a slim one point lead over Atletico Madrid. Espanyol sits in eighth place, with 15 points. That is 16 points behind league leading Barcelona. Anything can happen in rivalry games though.
“We all know how important the derby with Barcelona is. We will go to Camp Nou and try to go all out,” Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla said, via ESPN FC.
“We’ll have to play with intensity and try to stay focused for the entire 90 minutes. I have total respect for all their top players, but none of them frighten me. If you’re scared, you should just stay at home.”
Barcelona is unbeaten with one draw and 10 wins, the team behind them, Atletico Madrid, has 10 wins and one loss. That one loss was at the hands of Espanyol.
“The numbers are there for us to see but we can’t stop and think about them now,” Casilla added. “The results have not been as good recently but when we beat Atletico everyone said we were the best. I’m staying calm because I know we know what we’re doing. People shouldn’t throw stones at the team.”
Date: November 1
Start Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Stadium: Camp Nou
TV Info: BeIN Sport USA, BeIN Sport en Español
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
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