El Clásico

Barca should prioritize against Real

April 11, 2011

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff believes the Catalan giants only need to win two of their four possible meetings with Real Madrid as they close in on a potential treble.

Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola
GettyImagesJohan Cruyff has some words of advice for and Barca boss Pep Guardiola

The two sides meet in the Primera Division, with Real eight points adrift of Barca with seven games left, on Saturday with the Copa del Rey final coming just four days later.

The rivals are also almost certain to meet in the semi-finals of the Champions League meaning they will face a quartet of mouthwatering clashes within 18 days.

But former Barca player and manager Cruyff, who recently returned to Ajax in an advisory capacity, does not believe Pep Guardiola's side need to concern themselves with trying to win all four games, pointing out that it is highly unlikely given how closely-matched they and Real are.

Cruyff said in his El Periodico column: "Can Barca or Real win four direct duels in 18 days? No. Because they are two very good teams, two very good competitors, and they are going all out to try and win silverware.

"Can Real or Barca win all four games? Is it probable? On the contrary, it is very unlikely.''

Cruyff believes that Barca would be better off focusing on winning the Copa del Rey final and the home leg of the Champions League tie.

"You do not need to win four straight against your great rival to prove you're the best,'' he continued.

"At least from the standpoint of Barca. Coming from where you came from, to earn what they've won, play like you're playing, your goal is not the full four.

"Your goal is to win the appropriate games of which there are two: the final of the Cup in Valencia and the return of the Champions League semi-final in Barcelona. One is worth a title, the other a place in the final.

"If the club were to win the Cup, even win three of four games, but lose their place in the final at Wembley would Catalans be happy then? Surely not."