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Real Madrid boss Mourinho explains traveling to Barcelona today

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has explained keeping his squad in Madrid ahead of today's trip to Barcelona.

Mourinho sees no advantage preparing for the game in Barcelona.

He explained: "For recent matches we've been there for, we've travelled on the same day as the match. The team, as well as myself, like it that way. We have enough time despite the fact that the match is earlier this time. We get there, we rest a bit and in the evening we're ready to play.

"They are matches which are easy to be psychologically prepared for. No great pep talk is needed. In matches like this I would say it's enough to get there for the match, both teams being very prepared, and I think that the referees must be very motivated for a match like this one. The world comes to a standstill with this great match. The two teams and the referee are responsible for giving the world what it wants to see."

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