Real are firm outsiders for the match, not just because of the ominous home support at the Nou Camp, but also because of Barca’s imperious recent form.
The Catalan giants haven’t lost a match since October 3, when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla, and ahead of their draw against Villarreal in March, they had won all but one of their previous 20 matches.
Barca head into the heavyweight bout with a 10-point advantage over their rivals down in third, and are nine points head of second-place Atletico Madrid.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Navas has predicted that the game will be close, but sees the match as an opportunity for Real to get a victory.
“We see the game as a nice opportunity to win,” the stopper began, as per RealMadrid.com. “Everything we face is an opportunity to continue building our confidence and take a firm step towards our goal.
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“I think it will be a close match,” he continued, looking ahead to Saturday’s bout. “The two teams will try to win. We want to score goals, obviously, but you can’t play all 90 minutes at the same pace.
“You have to make good decisions and know when to attack and when to defend.”