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Barcelona’s Neymar warns Real Madrid not to get complacent at the top

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 has not scored for Barcelona since Oct. 19.

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.


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