Pique mocked Espanyol’s city credentials by calling them “Espanyol de Cornella.” AFP / LLUIS GENE
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La Liga leaders Barcelona face what could be a fiery encounter against aggrieved neighbors Espanyol this weekend, while second-placed Atletico Madrid face a tricky game against Valencia. Sunday's Catalonia derby is the third meeting in a little more than two weeks between Barca and their less glamorous opponents after a bitter two-legged King's Cup quarterfinal that escalated the ill feeling between the two Barcelona clubs.Espanyol beat their local rivals for the first time in nine years in first leg, but Barcelona advanced to the semifinals by winning the return leg 2-0, with post-match comments from Barca duo Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique rubbing salt in the wounds.Barca hold an 11-point lead at the top of the standings, followed by an Atletico side that this Sunday host their main rivals as Spain's third force behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
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