Messi: It's tougher to play Real at home


Ahead of tonight's El Clasico, FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi has explained why it's tougher to play Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants welcome Zinedine Zidane's to the Camp Nou on Wednesday as the two sides battle for top spot in LaLiga.

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last three El Clasicos on home soil, but Messi feels breaking down Los Blancos at their own stadium is a bigger task than when they play at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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“When we play them at the Bernabeu, there is more space for us to play into," he explained to Marca.

“They come to attack us more because there is more pressure on them as the host team and that allows us to play into the spaces left behind.

“At the Camp Nou they play another type of game because they sit further back, they are closer together and hit on the counter-attack because they have very fast players in their attack.

“At the Bernabeu we play 90 minutes equally. Here the game becomes more closed down and they are more complicated.”