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Barca 11 clear of Real

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) vies with Deportivo La Coruna's Brazilian defender Sidnei (R) (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) vies with Deportivo La Coruna’s Brazilian defender Sidnei (R) (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

MADRID (AFP) – Barcelona opened up an 11-point La Liga lead over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend’s Clasico between the Spanish giants as Luis Suarez and Paulinho each scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Lionel Messi also saw a penalty saved and hit the woodwork three times as Barca regained their six-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second place.

Real remain down in fourth, but do have a game in hand on their rivals as they missed out on domestic action this weekend to win the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

“I know people fixate on the difference between us and Real Madrid, but Atletico are just six points behind,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde.

“No matter what happens on Saturday, there is still a world of a way to go in La Liga.”

The only drawback for Barca as they extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 24 games since they were beaten by Real on their last visit to the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish Super Cup back in August, was a muscle injury to Paco Alcacer that will keep the forward out for three weeks.