The Catalans are six points clear of their nearest challengers in La Liga.
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Coach Zinedine Zidane has overseen Real's worst run of results in the league in nine seasons and his side go into Saturday's encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu sitting fourth in the standings, 11 points adrift of Barca albeit having played one game fewer.It is a scenario few could have foreseen after Real won a Liga and Champions League double last term and began this season so convincingly.The Spaniard has molded the team into a highly resilient outfit who are unbeaten in their last 24 games in all competitions.Barca may not have the same creative spark as in recent seasons and have on occasion been accused of being boring, but they have developed a tougher edge under former Athletic Bilbao coach Valverde, conceding only seven goals in 16 games.
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