Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(100) 58 Goals 84 (112)
(69) 33 Assists 66 (92)
(6.9) 7 Average Ratings 7.2 (7)
29.4 Average Age 28.5
184 Average Height (cm) 176.5
(1.3) 1.6 Shots pg 1.2 (0.9)
(58%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 45% (48%)
(0.7) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.9 (1)
(1.3) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Iker Casillas Out 6.57
Ángel Di María Out 6.92
Player Reason Status Rating
Xavi Out 7.16

Team News

  • Real Madrid made a statement on Tuesday evening with the 3-1 victory over Barça and they will be hoping lightning strikes twice with another whirlwind away performance in Manchester the following week, so this match is not really their priority.
  • Don't be surprised if José Mourinho makes as many as ten changes, as the upcoming Champions League match could well define his tenure in the capital, and the only survivor may be goalkeeper Diego López.
  • Michael Essien, Kaká, Marcelo, José Callejon, Ricardo Carvalho, Luka Modrić and Pepe are all likely to get run outs, though Cristiano Ronaldo may feature for an hour or so.
  • Coming so soon after the defeat at San Siro, the loss to Madrid was a huge blow for Jordi Roura's team, with the players looking short of answers in big games right now.
  • Barça are less likely to make wholesale changes with their own Champions League match another ten days away, and they may want to avoid any slip-ups here with the league title potentially their only route to silverware.
  • One change which can be preempted is the return of goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, as José Manuel Pinto is the recognised Copa del Rey number 1.
  • Xavi has been ruled out for 10-15 days with a hamstring injury, and faces a race to be fit for the Milan game.

Prediction

  • This is perhaps the most watered down version of the Clásico in recent times due to the gap between the two sides in the table and with more important European commitments approaching.
  • The Catalans don't have a match in midweek, so will be out to redeem themselves after a heavy defeat.
  • Madrid have fantastic home form, however, José Mourinho's time at the club will be viewed in a very different light should they negotiate themselves past Manchester United on Tuesday night.
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Latest Comments

 
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  • Falselona are the most defensive team in Europe, and nobody says that, they keep possession on their own half, making boring passes between xavi-pique, busquets-mascherano, etc in the end people say they had 70 percent of possession, but they had 0 shots against Milan,3 shots last week, and 2 shots today

  • What's changed now? Real Madrid defensive line is really high but really close with midfielders...now wingers and LB/RB do not follow Barça players movement beyond the defensive line. But that's not all...Real Madrid press Pique and Busquets really up, blocking Barça's clean pass between Madrid's Def Midfielders. On the other side, Barça do not use wing-play attack very often, even when there's a gap for a good run, so all ends up at the centre of the pitch. Also, both Barça fullbacks go too high at the same time, allowing Madrid's counter-attack be a real threat. Lastly, Barça possesion game used to work because of quick centerbacks, and there's clearly a flop in form.

  • formation here is wrong. Essien is right back. Centre back is ramos and varane and pepe is defensive midfield.

  • shame that barca lost against real madrid bench..

  • poor barca..dint paying reff this match..got too many card..nice 1 madrid..

  • Now that its 2-1 for Madrid were about to witness a desperate diving Barcelona.

  • Shame he didn't score that 1 on 1

  • morata had to score that..

  • morata is the best player in the game so far

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