Ex-Real Madrid midfielder identifies the only way his former club can stop Barcelona in La Liga

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Ex-France international Christian Karembeu has insisted that it will be ‘impossible’ for his former side Real Madrid to catch rivals Barcelona in La Liga ahead of Saturday’s Clasico between the two sides.

However, Karembeu has admitted that the Catalan giants could be caught…but only if they come down with a collective sickness!

“It is impossible for Madrid to stop Barcelona in La Liga. Maybe they would have a chance if there was an epidemic at Barcelona,” the World Cup-winning midfielder told Goal.

“But as things stand it is impossible for Madrid to catch Barcelona. They are too far away. Barcelona are playing very well and have a front three that are like brothers to each other. Nobody can stop Barcelona.”

Real are 10 points behind their arch enemies heading into Saturday’s clash, with Barca sitting atop La Liga, and nine points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are fast running out of games to reassert themselves in the title race, and even if they do give their feint title hopes a boost with a win on Saturday, they will only have seven more matches in which to close the seven-point gap that will separate they and Barca.

Karembeu—who is currently the strategic adviser with Olympiakos—spend three years at Real, during which time he won the World Cup alongside current Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane, and two Champions League titles.

He moved on to Middlesbrough in 2000, the same year in which he won the European Championships with France and again alongside Zizou.

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