EL CLASICO- RM vs BAR| FOOTBALL PREVIEW

EL CLASICO- RM vs BAR| FOOTBALL PREVIEW


RM vs BAR-PREVIEW: If football games were measured on the Ritcher scale, Barcelona vs Real Madrid would cause the maximum pandemonium. The gargantuan encounter between possibly the two best teams in the world returns and like every season, the winner of this game takes a head start towards the title.

Barcelona with 42 points are currently 11 points ahead of Real Madrid, who with 31 points are 4th on the table. Real Madrid have played one game fewer and after winning the FIFA Club World Cup the Madrilean team would have their eyes on a possible 3 points at home.

RECENT FORM: In the last 5 games both teams have dropped 2 points each. Barcelona couldn’t breach the Celta Vigo defence for the winner in a 2-2 draw and Real Madrid’s game against Athletic Club finished goalless.

HEAD-TO-HEAD 

 

LA LIGA

PLAYED

236

  PLAYED

174

REAL MADRID

95

  REAL MADRID

72

BARCELONA

92

  BARCELONA

69

DRAW

49

  DRAWS

33

Previous meeting: Zinedine Zidane got the better of his opposite number in the last two leagues, winning the Supercopa 5-1 on aggregate. Zidane could also become the first Real Madrid coach to win three consecutive El Clasico in all competitions. Alfredo Di Stéfano won four between 1983(2) and 1990(2).

FACTS: Real Madrid are 11 points behind their arch-rivals Barcelona. This is the biggest points difference for the first league meeting between the two sides since three points were awarded for a win(1995/96 season).

Barcelona have hit the woodwork more times than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues this season (19).

Barcelona(Won 13, Draw 3) and Manchester City(Won 17, Draw 1) are the only unbeaten teams in Europe’s top five leagues.

Lionel Messi has scored 14 goals in La Liga this season and could be the only player to reach 15+ goals in each of the last 10 seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 goals against Barcelona in all competitions since he joined Real Madrid and could equal Alfredo Di Stéfano as the all-time top Real Madrid scorer in El Clasico history (18).

CRISTIANO RONALDO VS LIONEL MESSI: Who’s the greatest of all-time? Messi? Ronaldo? Pepe? Maradona? Comparison between players is as perceptible as it gets. But Messi and Ronaldo have set the bar so high, it’ll take a magnanimous effort for the players in the future to even get mentioned in the same column as them.

The footballing gods must have certainly had a word among themselves and then handpicked Messi and Ronaldo to play this wonderful game. And how have they obliged? They’ve made the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Pirlo, Scholes look extremely mediocre.

Kaka won the Ballon D’or in the year 2007 and since then it’s been either Messi or Ronaldo. Need I say more? The battle will go on forever and there might never be an apt answer as to who’s the best. They’ve been the mightiest benediction the game has ever received. Fasten your belts as the two modern greats fight for a mere 3 points.

MESSI vs REAL MADRID

 

RONALDO vs BARCELONA

PLAYED

36

  PLAYED

28

WON

16

  WON

8

LOST

12

  LOST

13

DRAW

8

  DRAW

7

GOALS

24

  GOALS

17

ASSISTS

13

  ASSISTS

1

TEAM NEWS: For Barcelona, Thomas Vermaelen will continue at centre-back in the absence of Samuel Umtiti. Paco Alcacer, Gerard Deulofeu and Ousmane Dembele are all unavailable.

Real Madrid have a fully fit unit. Casemiro and Sergio Ramos return from suspension. Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury in the Club world cup final caused a minute scare but the Ballon d’Or winner will verily feature in the colossal contest.

EXPECTED LINE-UP:

(Real Madrid): Keylor Navas(gk), Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.

(Barcelona): Marc-Andre ter Stegen(wk), Sergio Roberto, Thomas Vermaelen, Gerard Pique, Jordie Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Paulinho, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez.

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