Gareth Bale insists Real Madrid can still catch Barcelona in the La Liga title race if they beat their arch rivals at the Nou Camp on 2 April. Third-placed Real are 10 points behind leaders Barcelona with eight games left and have not won at the Nou Camp in more than three years.
Bale is well-rested after skipping international duty at the weekend and is raring to add to his season tally of 15 league goals in the Catalan capital.
"I think everything is possible in football. We're 10 points behind, but we will keep fighting until it is impossible," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "We have to score there. We know it will be difficult and we will have to be at 100%. You have to attack them and, if we play our best football, we will win. On Saturday we can get to within seven points of them and you never know what might happen next."
Bale has scored 15 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for Madrid this season, including seven in his last six league games. The Welshman said he felt well-settled at Real in his third season in Spain.
"I feel more comfortable here now," Bale stated. "I speak some Spanish. I think I have to keep working hard and improving, giving my all and helping the team. Everyone knows I like to play in the middle and then move about, but if I start from out right I can play more economically and support my teammates better."
Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos said Real were gunning for revenge against Barca after their 4-0 defeat at home in the reverse fixture in November. Goals from Andres Iniesta, Neymar and a Luis Suarez double condemned the capital club to a humiliating defeat that proved fatal to the reign of previous manager Rafael Benitez.
"After the bad result in the first Clasico, football gives you the chance for revenge, and on Saturday, we've got the opportunity to play away against a great team like Barcelona," the centre-back stated.