Up next, the Catalans will face their arch-rivals Real Madrid at Nou Camp in the second Clasico of the season. Considering Barcelona didn't give Los Blancos a guard of honor after their Club World Cup triumph previous year, this should have been expected.
Back in December, when Madrid returned from the United Arab Emirates having retained the Club World Cup, Barcelona did not give them a guard of honour before the first Clásico of the season.
"I'm not the one who decides that I don't want to give a guard of honour, they didn't do one". Ronaldo and Gomes have played 21 games together for their country and were even teammates during their country's historic and triumphant Euro 2016 campaign. As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a good enough price to wager on Barcelona to win and due to that reason, it is the wager which I am going to suggest.
Zidane's respect for Barcelona through his words probably suffice here, but we'll have to wait till the match starts to see if it results in any tense moments from the players.
Vincenzo Montella was sacked after last weekend's loss to lowly Levante, which left the team eighth in the table and a point outside the Europa League qualification places.
A win on Sunday will give Barça a two-game season sweep over Real Madrid in La Liga for the first time since the 2013/14 season when Gerardo "Tata" Martino was in charge. Zinedine Zidane's visitors will be eyeing revenge as well as they were blanked 3-0 in the early-season meeting at Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane is yet to taste defeat as Real Madrid coach at the Camp Nou and will hope to extend that run on Sunday evening.
"Real winning the Champions League is still hypothetical, it is not done yet", said Digne.
Isco (shoulder) and Raphael Varane (calf) also remain doubtful starters.
But with Iniesta planning to leave Barcelona after the season and therefore playing in his final El Clasico, it appears unlikely that the 33-year-old will miss the game.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Ernesto Valverde or Zinédine Zidane?
Despite being embroiled in a contentious rivalry, Real Madrid should probably own up to and do it.