"He (Puyol) said that the discomfort has almost disappeared and that he no longer has any pain," Guardiola said. "We included him in the squad and tomorrow we'll make a decision."
It's the best team in the world against probably the best squad in the world. The world’s most stylish coach against the other one who thinks he is (make your own minds up which one is which). It’s Barca against Madrid. Times four. Anything could happen but here are four things that (almost) definitely will as Spain goes clasico crazy for 18 days.
One of the world's great sporting rivalries enters a new dimension on Saturday when Real Madrid play Barcelona in La Liga to kick off the first of four meetings in just over two weeks. After Saturday's match the two clubs meet in the Copa del Rey final on 20 April, which will be followed by their two-legged Champions League semi-final.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is on his way to becoming one of football's all-time best players, according to former Netherlands great Johan Cruyff. Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, however, may not be joining him.
So here -- if you will pardon a little bit of poetic license and accept that this is a product of experience and interpretation, not hard fact -- are some of the notes that I think Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Barcelona's Pep Guardiola may well have been jotting down to themselves in preparation for the inaugural game in a series of clashes which could elevate one club and scar the other for a generation.
Assistant coach Aitor Karanka took questions as Mourinho sat silent at the pre-match conference at Madrid's Valdebebas training ground but many members of the massive media throng were unimpressed, choosing to leave in protest.
Cumulative audience of four Real Madrid - Barcelona clashes could surpass 350 million | Goal
The tradition of rivalry among both teams, the matchday & kick off time of the game, the type of broadcasters that hold rights of each game globally, the international reputation of the tournament and the city where the game takes place are just a few of the factors that were taken into account to predict the possible audience of each game