Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has admitted he likes to rekindle the rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid.
Pique has been the source of major Madrid taunts, with the defender famously mocking Cristiano Ronaldo after Barcelona won the treble last season.
And also mocked Madrid after the capital club was expelled from the Copa del rey, resulting in a war of words with Spanish teammate, Alvaro Arbeloa.
But Pique believes the competition between the sides is what makes them among the best in the world.
“I am clear in what is my way of being and behave according to it,” he said in an interview with GQ magazine.
“The Barca-Madrid rivalry is what has always made us be among the greatest.
“So, from time to time I like to stir up the rivalry.”
Barca remain on course to repeat last season’s treble as they hold a nine-point lead at the top of La Liga, are in the final of the Copa del Rey and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
On their success, Pique added: “It is a family. We are team-mates who have shared the jersey for many years.
“We share losses, wins, questions, problems, joys, injuries. And I don’t just mean the players. I also speak of physios, doctors, coaches. We have had many good experiences.”