Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted the injury to Paco Alcacer during his side's 4-0 rout of
Tiki-taka is in the bloodline at Barcelona. This is insane! pic.twitter.com/CIU8rP0zXK— 90min (@90min_Football) December 18, 2017
"But we're going into [El Clasico] happy. We have a week to prepare for the game and the best way to approach the Madrid match was to put in the kind of performance we had today, secure three points and boost confidence and morale.
"We are in good shape but we know that we are in for a complicated game against a huge rival. We'll prepare for it well because we are determined to put in a good performance."
There have been many suggestions that the title's destination has already be forged this season after a bad start for Los Blancos, but Valverde rubbished claims that the league is already decided.
"People mention the advantage we have over Real Madrid but they forget that Atletico are only six points behind us", he said.
"We have it pretty clear in our minds that this is a long competition. No team sews up the league in the first round of games."
The 53-year-old also took note of the fact his side rattled the frame of the goal on five more occasions during their 4-0 hammering of Depor, taking their season's tally to 26.
"If we deliberately tried to hit the post, we wouldn't get to that figure", Valverde added.
Barcelona have hit post 26 times in league.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) December 17, 2017
That's more posts than 15 teams have goals (including Atletico).
"Fortunately, apart from hitting the post we're also scoring goals. That means we are regularly close to the goal and in position to score and that's good."
Barca will be hoping their can continue their great form in front of goal and stretch their unbeaten league record to 24 games when they visit the