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Real Madrid hero Martin Vazquez insists the current squad is "not at the end of a cycle".

Vinicius Junior was Madrid's brightest spark but he also missed a hatful of chances before Barca's Luis Suarez scored twice, either side of a Raphael Varane own goal.

"They had more chances in the first half, it's true", said Gerard Pique.

Isco is back in the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's Clasico clash with Barcelona after nearly a month on the sidelines with back and neck pain.

The manager praised Luis Suarez's performance.

"Everyone knows what Bale can do and they know what he has given to the club", said Solari.

In contrast, Suarez had barely touched the ball in the first half but came alive in the crucial moments and would have had a hat-trick had Varane not beaten him to Ousmane Dembele's cross to bundle in an own-goal.

Barcelona are now sponsored by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, though it remains unclear at this point if their logo will be displayed on the retro jersey.

Bale is contracted to Madrid until 2022, but a host of Premier League clubs continue to monitor his situation at the Spanish side. This season alone, their aggregate total against Real reads 9-2.

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Indeed, the ITV deal means that fans of Spanish football will have the chance to watch games involving stars like Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale without having to pay for an extra subscription.

And while Madrid will take heart from the handful of golden opportunities they created, it was their opponents that showed the killer instinct, delivered by players used to producing when it matters most. The last time the two sides met in the league, Barcelona beat Real Madrid 5-1.

Messi played only part of the 1-1 draw in the first leg at Camp Nou Stadium because of a right leg injury.

The Spain global has not been named in a matchday squad by Madrid since the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final with Barca on February 6, a 1-1 draw in which he was an unused substitute.

Barcelona will be trying to win an unprecedented fifth straight Copa title in the May 25 final in Seville.

"We are back on our feet", said Solari.

"All are important, not only those who start the matches".

They have a Champions League match on the following Tuesday, but that doesn't affect us.

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