Espanyol manager Constantin Galca insists his side has no interest in the title race, saying their priority is securing their league safety.
The two Madrid clubs, respectively placed second and third in the Primera Division standings, would both benefit greatly from a draw between Espanyol and current leaders Barcelona.
Earlier this weekend, Periquitos goalkeeper Pau Lopez said that he'd prefer the league to be won by any club other than their cross-city rivals, Barcelona, suggesting that the three-way La Liga title race might influence his side's performance on Sunday.
Club manager Constantin Galca put such speculation to bed, however, as AS reports him as saying that his team's focus would be squarely on their own priority – safety from relegation.
"You always have to think of your team and nothing else," he said.
"We don’t have to upset anyone, just think of our game. We want to get points if possible. You have to work well as a team, be very organised and bold in attack," the club's former midfielder added.
"It’s a derby and of course they’ll go out for everything. We can’t have doubts, we have to be convinced about our team, bold and willing to do great work.
"We play against Barca and we need a point to be safe. We have to be close, as we have throughout the week. It’s important to rest well, because we already know what Barca is."