Sources close to the Spanish national team, though, say it's true that "there was some pain during the final minutes of the game after a small twisting of the ankle." However, after being looked at by La Roja's medics, "he doesn't have a serious problem." For that reason, from the national team there are no doubts that "he could play against Madrid without any problems."
Luis Enrique and his players paid homage to the figure of Johan Cruyff on Tuesday morning. The team and coaching staff held a minute of silence in memory of the Flying Dutchman on Tito Vilanova Field at the Ciutat Esportiva. The team is expected to be at Camp Nou at midday to visit the Johan Cruyff Memorial.
With just a few days before El Clásico, few are better positioned to discuss the big game than former captain Carles Puyol. The legendary defender spoke to the club's TV channel about the match against Real Madrid, but also about his former teammate Luis Enrique, the front three and Barça's chances of winning more trophies this year. Here is the pick of Puyol's comments:
All eight living FC Barcelona presidents to attend El Clásico in final farewell to Johan Cruyff | FC Barcelona
All eight living presidents of FC Barcelona have confirmed they will be present President Suñol Box at Camp Nou for the coming El Clásico on 2 April. Agustí Montal, Raimon Carrasco, Josep Lluís Núñez, Joan Gaspart, Enric Reyna, Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu will all be there for the special Johan Cruyff tribute before kick-off of the clash between Barça and Real Madrid.
In his second year at the club, ter Stegen's situation has not changed, only featuring in La Liga during the opening stages of the season. "It's clear that the situation for him is difficult," Germany goalkeeping coach Kopke told kicker on Tuesday. "But especially in the games of the second half of the season he carries it off well. To prove yourself on the top level right on the money without having the rhythm is also a demanding challenge for the mind. He does an outstanding job solving it."
La Liga President Javier Tebas believes Real Madrid can spring a surprise when they go to Barcelona for the season’s second Clasico. Tebas, an admitted Madrid supporter, has said that while he expected Barca to thrive in the first meeting of the year - the Catalans duly winning 4-0 at Santiago Bernabeu - he sees a shock coming at Camp Nou. "In the first leg I backed Barca more. For this game I think Madrid is going to cause a surprise," he told Onda Cero, Mundo Deportivo reports.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is just days away from taking charge of his first El Clasico – and Spanish publication Marca claim the Frenchman is ready to try something new. Marca expect Zizou to field a side that has never played together before when they travel to Barcelona looking for revenge following their 4-0 defeat at the Bernabeu in November.