Dani Carvajal isn’t hiding the fact that he likes seeing Barcelona fall below expectations.
The Catalans’ progression to the knockout rounds isn’t confirmed, and the Real Madrid full-back would be happy to see them knocked out at the first hurdle.
“I won’t lie to you,” he began in an interview with Radio MARCA.
“I’d prefer if Barcelona didn’t progress.
“They’ll be a candidate for the Champions League and they’re our biggest rival.
“We’re not going to be fake, I prefer they lose in LaLiga because they’re one of our rivals and it’s more or less the same in the Champions League.
“They have a spectacular squad and are challengers.
“All of the strong teams getting knocked out would be better for us.”
The Clasico arranged for the end of last month was postponed due to concerns in Catalonia and Carvajal feels as though the decision taken was the right one.
“It was postponed for security issues,” he said.
“If that decision was made then it will have been for something.
“If the game is played during the week then it could reduce the income, but security is the important thing.”
Gareth Bale hasn’t trained with Real Madrid lately due to yet more injury problems, though he has been selected by and trained with Wales this international break.
But the defender isn’t doubting the Welshman’s club commitment.
“He was discharged medically this week,” he explained.
“He’s gone with his country now, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not focused on us.
“I have no doubts about his commitment and I hope he won’t get injured again and he can return with us.”