El Clasico Returns

El Clasico is back. Another game will be added to the ever growing list of encounters between Spain’s biggest two clubs. The fans at the Camp Nou will be hoping Barcelona can reverse their luck and return to winning ways as they hope to cut the six point gap separating them from Madrid by half. On the other hand, Real Madrid are hoping to pile more misery on the Catalan side in a bid to reclaim the La Liga title after several years.

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Barcelona have had a mixed season so far winning eight, losing two and drawing three games in La Liga. Whereas they managed to top their Champions League group with one game left to play. Luis Enrique will want to play in the same way his side played against Manchester City when they won 4-0. After resting many of the top players in the Copa Del Rey match against Hercules, Luis Enrique will field his strongest possible starting eleven against Los Blancos. Obviously MSN will be leading the front-line but that is not enough.

Last time the two sides met in Barcelona, Zidane’s Madrid emerged as winners. Unless Barcelona step up their game then a repeat of that scenario is very likely. Andres Iniesta returns from a two month injury to Barcelona’s luck. A huge task will fall on his shoulders this Saturday in front of Madrid’s midfield. At the Madrid camp, Gareth Bale is the most notable absentee but Lucas Vazquez’s recent form should give Zidane some assurances up front. In case Zidane decides to keep Vazquez on the bench, Isco will likely take his spot and play alongside Benzema and Ronaldo. In the middle, Casemiro, Kovacic and Modric have been doing well so far this season and if Casemiro plays the same way he did in the last Clasico, then Messi will not be that big of a threat but what about Neymar and Suarez?

A big game is waiting for us this Saturday, another Messi vs Ronaldo, another Barcelona vs Madrid and another Luis Enrique vs Zinedine Zidane. Everything is at stake and both teams will be giving it their all as both sides fight for La Liga’s title.

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