Geremi - Derby bigger than 'El Clasico'

Magpies ace says North East derby bigger than Spanish clash

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Geremi believes Newcastle United's derby clash with Sunderland is bigger than the El Clasico in Spain.

Former Real Madrid man Geremi has played in matches against Barcelona in La Liga, although he feels The Magpies clash with Sunderland are the bigger games.

Sunderland could leapfrog Newcastle with a win at St James' Park, but Geremi believes his team-mates will be keen to secure bragging rights in the North East.

"The derby game is something special and I know what it means for the fans," said Geremi.

Means a lot

"Each derby means a lot to every team. When I was with Real Madrid, I played in the derby against Barcelona, which is very big.

"But in Newcastle, the game against Sunderland is bigger than Real Madrid versus Barcelona.

"It depends on each club, and we know it is going to be a big derby.

"Derbies are played away from the pitch, when people talk a lot, and then on the pitch, when we can do our talking."