By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Jose Mourinho's team clashed with their Catalan rivals at the start of the season, when they came out on top in the 2012 Supercopa de Espana. The two clubs are set to meet once more for their La Liga fixture this weekend, with Real Madrid currently trailing league-leading Barcelona by eight points.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Cruyff believes that Los Blancos cannot afford to allow Tito Vilanova's men to extend their advantage at the top of the table. As such, he is expecting Real to pull out all the stops to bring home three points.
"Normally you don’t know what is going to happen, but this time I think that Madrid are in more danger than ever because they are so far behind," Cruyff explained.
"If they lose this one it is like having the whole world falling over you. These are normally the games I fear the most. Madrid will do more than everything to change this situation around."
The side from Madrid recorded a dominant 4-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League this week, and Cruyff urged Los Blancos to put an end to their domestic struggles.
"Mourinho will be under a lot of pressure after Sunday if they lose. Then there is a big problem," he said.
"It could be [a tipping point]. If [they] play seven or eight games and - if he loses - they will be so far behind [Barca]. There’s no excuse [for that]."
Real Madrid and Barcelona will take on each other at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Catch the El Clasico on ESPN STAR Sports on 8 October, and enjoy the new SKY Sports studio presentation starting at 1.30am (HKT) that will feature experts throughout the season such as ex-managers Rafa Benitez, Real Madrid’s John Toshack, Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez and ex Liga BBVA stars such as Real Madrid’s Michel Salgado, Barcelona’s Albert Ferrer.