Barcelona forward Neymar has warned Real Madrid not to get too comfortable at the top of the La Liga table.
Barcelona travel to bottom-placed Osasuna on Saturday looking to halt a run of three straight draws in the league, which has left them six points adrift of leaders Madrid.
Last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Madrid was moments away from being a much-needed win before Sergio Ramos popped up with a last-minute leveller.
« This is a long competition, » Neymar told AS. « We should not look at Madrid, but do our thing and in the end we will see. Madrid have grown a lot in recent matches.
« But it’s a very difficult league. The side in first can never be calm. Barcelona are still Barca. We have not changed our style and we want to win everything. »
A weakened Barcelona side returned to winning ways with a 4-0 Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek.
Neymar did not feature, denying him the chance to end a goal drought which extends back to their 4-0 win over Manchester City on Oct. 19 — a run of eight games for Barca.
Since then, Lionel Messi has scored eight times, and Neymar said of his teammate: « Leo is the best and we respect him. For me it is a great honour to be his partner and share a team, a kit and goals with him. »
A meeting with Osasuna — who have won just once in 14 league games this season and have lost their last four matches, scoring only once — would appear to be the perfect chance for Barcelona to get their title bid back on track.
Osasuna midfielder Imanol Garcia knows his side need wins, starting with Saturday’s game.
« We do not want a draw, we are at home and we are going to go for the three points, » Garcia told reporters.