Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has insisted that his team will not fear Real Madrid when the first El Clasico meeting of the season takes place at the Bernabeu next weekend.
Spanish and European champions Barcelona trail their bitter rivals by three points at the top of La Liga and have played a game more. But ex-Arsenal captain Fabregas believes a victory will be the perfect send-off before they head to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup.
"We'll go at them at the Bernabeu with our usual game and without any fear. If we worry about what could happen, they are capable of being very dangerous, especially at home with their own fans behind them," Fabregas said.
"The spirit in the camp is great and we are definitely brave enough to leave Madrid with a result and that would set us up nicely for the Club World Cup in Japan."
Fabregas, who scored twice in Barça's 5-0 demolition of Levante on Saturday, also told Barça TV how much a positive result in against Real can change a season. "We have to remember that a Clasico is very often the turning point in a season, so we'll go all-out to win and we'll not be afraid," he said.
On his own form, the Spanish international was clear on why he has managed to hit nine goals so far this season. "My team-mates are great, they have helped me a lot with my own game and at Barça I am able to get into a lot of forward positions in the area, which has enabled me to get those goals," he said.