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Barcelona midfielder Mascherano: I wish we could just talk football

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano admits he and his teammates must avoid getting caught up in the hype of tonight's Champions League clash at Real Madrid.

Mascherano has already seen coach Pep Guardiola lose his rag over taunts from Real rival Jose Mourinho.

The former Liverpool midfielder said: "I would like to talk a little football.

"What bothers me is that they talk too much about what surrounds the football. It is a Madrid-Barça, a historical semifinal.

"But they always divert attention to other things and to not talk about how important the football is. It is a shame."

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