Neymar set to miss El Clasico as Barcelona's ban appeal fails

Neymar to miss El Clasico after Barcelona loses appeal on Brazilian striker's suspension

Neymar to miss El Clasico after Barcelona loses appeal on Brazilian striker's suspension

As reported by Marca, the decision means the Brazilian is set to miss Sunday's Clasico showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu with Real Madrid. The Spanish powerhouse is trying to become the first team to successfully defend the European title since the competition's new format was created in 1992.

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

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"I don't know if there's a category for him. The goals, the way he finishes them, in such key, important moments", said Zidane of the Portuguese forward. "What has happened is already behind us and the important thing is to improve together, in the way we always do".

"It will be hard to lift my players up after this, but it will be easy to motivate them". It is out of any sort of category. Of course, it would be much better to have him with us, because he is one of the two or three best players in the world.

"We will go to Madrid to try to do our best. 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. "I love being involved at a club as ambitious as this".

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