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Casillas: Real primed for Clasico

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas believes Wednesday's Champions League win over Juventus has given his side significant confidence ahead of this weekend's Clasico against Barcelona.

Casillas was preferred over Diego Lopez for the clash at the Bernabeu and is hopeful of retaining his place for Saturday's clash against the league leaders.

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The 32-year-old insists Los Blancos can get a positive result in Barcelona if they repeat Wednesday's performance.

"A victory on Saturday will carry us to the top of the table with Barcelona," he told Canal Plus. "We have to go to Camp Nou keeping in mind this victory."

Carlo Ancelotti's side now have a five point lead over third-placed Juventus and will seal their place in the knockout stages with victory in Turin on Matchday Four.

"We have taken a very important step," Casillas said. "It was not easy even when they were down to 10 men for almost the entire second half. Now we go to Turin, aware that even a draw could lead us to the knock-out stages."


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