Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is concerned that the current run of Barcelona-Real Madrid matches could have a negative effect on the national team.
Tensions were high going into Wednesday's first leg of the Champions League semifinals between the two clubs. It was the third of four meetings in a short span between the rivals, with several Spain teammates having squared up to each other during Madrid's 1-0 Copa del Rey extra-time final victory last week.
"I'm worried about the quarrels between my players during these clasicos, which I hope don't find their way into my locker room," Del Bosque is quoted as saying in Wednesday's Marca newspaper. "Good relations inside the locker room are the basis for our future success."