13 Jan '12, 2pm

Madrid, Barca focus on league as clasicos near

Madrid, Barca focus on league as clasicos near

Madrid and Barcelona meet for the eighth time since April come Wednesday's Copa del Rey first-leg quarterfinal, but have league matches against Mallorca and Real Betis, respectively. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid and Barcelona will have to try their best to overlook their upcoming cup clasicos and focus on this weekend's league matches first. Madrid and Barcelona meet for the eighth time since April come Wednesday's Copa del Rey first-leg quarterfinal, but have league matches against Mallorca and Real Betis, respectively. Captain Iker Casillas doesn't want his team to 'obsess' over Barcelona, and must take advantage of its five-point lead over the defending champions. 'We're conscious of what happened with Levante and Racing (Santander) earlier this season when we dropped five points. But we recovered quickly, so now we have this advantage over second place w...

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