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Ancelotti: It's A Barcelona Without Messi, But...

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has shared his thoughts on facing rivals FC Barcelona without the all-time ElClasico leading scorer Lionel Messi.

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The two biggest sides in Spain will once agian renew their rivalry at the Camp Nou on Sunday, with the Catalans doing battle in their first clasico since Lionel Messi's departure.

Messi has always had his say in El Clasico with 26 goals in 45 appearances, but Ancelotti insists there approach has not changed for Sunday's clash.

"There's no Messi, but Barcelona have other very good players," the Italian tactician said, as per Marca.

"We're facing Barcelona. It's a Barcelona without Messi, but I don't want this to change our approach to the game.

"It has always been difficult against Barcelona and it always will be.

"I have never won at the Camp Nou. I think now is the time, but it won't be easy."

While Los Blancos are unbeaten against Barcelona in their last four meetings, Ancelotti says matches of this magnitude can be taunting for any player or coach.

"It's normal to be a little scared ahead of these games, as being scared can be good," he said in his pre-match press conference.

"If you don't have fear then you can go up to a lion thinking it's a cat. So, fear is a positive feeling.

"I'm not saying I feel terrified. It's just that there are worse things in life than losing a football match."

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