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Barca feeling the heat ahead of Clasico

Updated: December 8, 2011, 6:08 PM ET
By Rob Train

Going into the first Clasico of the season, the panorama is quite different for Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid than it was last year. The Portuguese's team is breaking club records with ease and has just completed a perfect Champions League group stage with six victories and a goal difference of plus-17.

More importantly, it also leads the league by three points over Barcelona for the first time at this stage of the season in the Pep Guardiola era, and has a game in hand on its eternal ...

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