Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman revealed that Saturday's El Clasico is more serious than normal with the LaLiga title at risk.
are just one point behind the leaders Atletico Madrid after Monday's 1-0 victory against Real Valladolid, while third-placed Real Madrid are also catching up with two points back.
Atletico have lost points in five of their last eight league matches, including Sunday's 1-0 defeat against Sevilla.
The Catalans will travel to the capital to face Madrid on Saturday, while Atletico will play against fifth-placed Real Betis.
"I think the Clasico is always important,"
"Of course, it's maybe more important now because of the situation in the league, where we and Real Madrid are fighting against Atletico Madrid to win the title this season.
"Of course, it's an important game with two big, big teams in the world and of course it's an important result for us to get more possibilities to win the title."
Barcelona maintains an excellent league form entering the El Clasico, having succeeded in their last 6 LaLiga matches and still being unbeaten after 19 games.
are also unbeaten in their last 9 matches in the league and managed to win their last 3 LaLiga matches.
"It was really important to win tonight after the results in the league, to be more close to Atletico at one point now,"
Koeman added. "
But also Madrid is close to them and will be really emotional until the end of the season.
"The team is working good. We're confident we can win the title but as we saw today, every game is difficult."