Barcelona to approach Clasico as a final says Neymar

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Forward also says Clasico showdown with Real Madrid will be treated as a final with La Liga title potentially at stake SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (MARCH 11, 2015) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. SCREEN

Barcelona to approach Clasico as a final says Neymar

Forward also says Clasico showdown with Real Madrid will be treated as a final with La Liga title potentially at stake

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (MARCH 11, 2015) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL)

1. SCREEN DISPLAYING SIGN OF THE XV MEDITERRANEAN INTERNATIONAL CUP (MIC)

2. BARCELONA FORWARD NEYMAR JR WALKING TO PLATFORM

3. SCREEN DISPLAYING FOOTAGE OF NEYMAR AFTER WINNING THE MIC IN 2008

4. NEYMAR WATCHING VIDEO

5. MEDIA WATCHING VIDEO

6. NEYMAR SEATED AT EVENT

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA FORWARD NEYMAR SAYING:

“They are two exceptional players. For me Messi is the best in the World and Suarez is among the best as well. It is an honour for me to have the opportunity to enjoy on the pitch with them.”

8. MEDIA

9. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA FORWARD NEYMAR TALKING ABOUT EL CLASICO:

“I think it is a final. We are going to approach the game as a final because we know it is going to be a difficult match. They have a very good team but we have to think only on victory.”

10. EVENT IN PROGRESS

11. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA FORWARD NEYMAR TALKING ABOUT THE TREBLE:

“I think so. We have a team to dream and we are going to do our best to win.”

12. MEDIA

13. NEYMAR RECEIVING PHOTO OF HIM WITH ALEXANDER PATO LIFTING THE MIC TROPHY

14. NEYMAR HOLDING PHOTO

15. NEYMAR LEAVING EVENT

STORY: Barcelona forward Neymar says his team could land the treble this season as he launched the Mediterranean International Cup on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Brazilian won the tournament in 2008 when he was just 16.

It was the first chance for Europe to watch a young Neymar playing on the continent in the Brazil jersey, and he was named player of the tournament.

Now Neymar leads Barcelona´s attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez forming one of the deadliest frontlines in the world of football.

The MIC is an international competition for youngsters, with a number of players, including Gerard Pique and Juan Mata, making their mark in the past.

From Wednesday, hundreds of under 18 teams from all over the world will play more than 600 matches on the Costa Brava, with competitions divided into categories depending on age.

At the launch, Neymar was quizzed about Real Madrid’s poor form, and Barcelona´s new status as league leaders.

A rampant Barcelona took over top spot in La Liga with a 6-1 hammering of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday (March 08).

They moved on to 62 points, a point clear of Real Madrid, who were beaten by Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, and are now in pole position two weeks ahead of Madrid’s visit to their Nou Camp fortress in El Clasico.

Neymar said he considered the match against Real Madrid to be one of the most important of the season.

“I think it is a final,,” he said at the presentation. “We are going to approach the game as a final because we know it is going to be a difficult match. They have a very good team but we have to think only on victory.”

Barca are still in with a chance of repeating their historic treble of Spanish league and Cup and Champions League under Pep Guardiola in 2009 – and Neymar said the squad is up to the challenge.

“I think so. We have a team to dream and we are going to do our best to win,” the forward said.

Barcelona´s next match is away to lowly Eibar on Saturday (March 14).

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