Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has admitted he is looking forward to playing in his first El Clásico against Real Madrid on Wednesday, confessing he has always loved to watch the games on TV.
The game, which was rescheduled from October amid concerns that unrest in Catalonia could be dangerous, will see La Liga's top two sides face off to try and assert their dominance over the other this season.
Speaking to the club's official website, Griezmann could not hide his excitement at being able to feature in such on occasion, recalling Ronaldinho's stellar showing at the Santiago Bernabéu back in 2005 as one of his favourite moments of all time.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’ll be an incredible day and I hope to go into the game in top form and to play well.”
“Everybody looks forward to this game. It’s a very important fixture both for the fans and for the players. It was always nice to watch it on TV. Now it’s a dream come true to actually be one of the actors in the show.
“The thing that I liked the most and which surprised me the most was the day they gave a standing ovation to Ronaldinho at the Bernabéu. I think Barça won 3-0 he had a great game and the whole stadium applauded him.”
That performance from Ronaldinho is widely seen as one of the finest individual showings of all time, and Barcelona fans will be desperate to see something similar from Griezmann on Wednesday.
However, they will come into the game on the back of a frustrating 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad, after which Griezmann told Movistar (via AS) that Barcelona simply have to be better if they are to beat Los Blancos.
"It's a shame to draw but we gave everything we had," he confessed. "We have to learn from this game and improve when we meet Real Madrid in El Clásico."
Barcelona currently sit top of the league thanks to their superior goal difference, so a victory for either side on Wednesday would undoubtedly be vital to their side's hopes of sealing the La Liga title when all is said and done.