'No better time for facing Madrid,' Mascherano
Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano believes the Catalonian powerhouse are facing Real Madrid at just the right time, after they romped to a 5-1 win over Osasuna on Sunday.
Four goals from Lionel Messi and a Pedro strike, put the Basque visitors to the sword and extended the Blaugrana's lead at the top of the standings to 11 points.
Attentions now turn to Wednesday night's Copa del Rey derby clash and the Argentine is expecting a typically fierce and tight encounter, regardless of the sizeable gap separating the two sides in La Liga.
"It is the best time to face Madrid. It will be a great game regardless of how both teams are playing. We will face a Madrid that have great staff and great players and the quality to fight for everything."