Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes his side’s El Clasico fixture with Barcelona is the biggest game in the world.
The Spanish champions have not enjoyed the best start to their campaign and enter the first Clasico of the league season this Sunday eight points behind their Catalan rivals who sit atop of the standings.
“When Madrid plays Barcelona, the world stops,” Mourinho told Bein Sport.
“It is a game we love to play and it is not just us, but, surely for them also. In this sense, it is definitely more than a normal league match.
“But our goal is to win the championship. It is just three points in the end.”
The former Inter coach believes the champions tag is contributing towards his side’s indifferent start in La Liga this term.
He added: “The fundamental difference is this team last season were not champions. This season they and in my opinion, the team has started the season this way because of the prestige of being the defending champions.”
Mourinho was then asked to reveal what he thought about Real Madrid’s chances in this year’s Champions League.
“The Champions League? It depends, it is a competition where the difference between winning and losing is very small,” he said.
“I do not believe that anybody thought that Chelsea last season would have won it. But, they did and I was happy because I have a blue heart.
“It is necessary that we make it to the quarter-finals or semi-finals. And then from there, anything can happen.”