Barcelona star Neymar laughs at Real Madrid woes

Brazilian star Neymar couldn't help seeing the funny side of Real Madrid's Champions League struggles, ahead of facing them in the Clásico with Barcelona.

Appearing at the presentation ceremony for the 15th edition of youth football competition, the Mediterranean International Cup, Barcelona star Neymar fielded a variety of questions, but one which brought the biggest grin of all from the ever lively Brazilian, was about Real Madrid and their shocking performance in the Champions League against FC Schalke 04 on Tuesday night.

Asked if he'd seen the game by the compare at the event, Neymar couldn't hold back an attack of the giggles, as he replied: "I saw it... Nearly eh!" Amused at just how close Real Madrid had come to tumbling out of the competition.

Clearly with the upcoming Clásico in just over a week's time in mind, Neymar is delighted to see Barcelona's eternal rivals looking weak, whilst his own side are starting to look at their strongest, having overtaken Real Madrid at the top of La Liga last weekend.

It's not just La Liga that Neymar wants to win with Barcelona, but also the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, as he assured: "I believe we've got a good enough team to dream about that and we'll give everything we've got to win all competitions." Asked if he had to settle for just one piece of silverware this season what his choice would be, the 23-year-old underlined: "I'll only settle for the treble, I want all three trophies."

Whilst also fighting for trophies, both Real Madrid and Barcelona can boast the most potent attacking tridents in world football and few would argue with that. Rating one against the other though, Neymar pondered, "Are we better than the BBC?” referring to Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. "I think so, yes", he suggested confidently, but pointed out: "We try not to focus on our rivals though and just concentrate on what we can do to win games."

Humble about his own influence, Neymar highlighted how strong the Barcelona attacking trio is becoming, whilst lavishing praise on Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi by enthusing: "Every day our understanding of one another is getting better. They're great players. Leo is the best in the world and Suárez is a great goalscorer. It's an honour for me to play alongside them."

After taking on Eibar this weekend in La Liga, the following two games will be key factors in how the season pans out for Barcelona. Confident they can finish the job against Manchester City in the Champions League, all eyes then turn on the Clásico against Real Madrid. Neymar concluded: "The Clásico will be like a final and that's how we'll prepare ourselves for it. They're a very difficult opponent, but all we're thinking about is beating them."

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