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Barcelona face off against Real Madrid on Sunday in the biggest, most fiercely contested derby game in world football and to get in the mood Twitter has released a number of "El Clasico" themed emojis.

Barcelona will be without Neymar, who was suspended three games after sarcastically applauding an assistant referee in the loss to Malaga in the league two weeks ago.

According to Goal.com Rakitic is eager to show that Barcelona can produce their best form in the absence of Neymar. "Atletico [Madrid] are a great team, they have a spectacular squad, but right now I do not think that is a possibility", he told Sportium. "The ban is not good, but it is what it is".

"We will go to the Bernabeu to compete and to try to win", Pique said. We need to understand the situation and push on. "A victory would be very important for us in the title race ... We want to show Neymar that when he is not with us we can still do it, and hopefully we can take a victory for him".

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A win on Sunday will see Madrid move six points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over Barcelona.

Fans of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona can now use a series of bespoke hashtags ahead of the game that will automatically bring up icons that can be used in pre-game tweets. "I hope it is nothing and that in a few days he will be back with us", Zidane confirmed on Monday ahead of the Champions League clash.

"Of course the season could have been better".

"He always knows when there's an important occasion, he's going to be there".