There are some things in life which stand out as not-to-be-missed,and El Clasico is defintely one of it.What ever you prefer more.Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Mourinho vs Guardiola, Ronaldo vs Messi,this match is the one of the biggest in the world.
Madrid currently lead the table on 37 points, three ahead of Barcelona having played one game less.
Madrid currently lead the table on 37 points, three ahead of Barcelona having played one game less. In this moment in time the momentum is arguably with the nine-time European Cup winners but there is also a feeling of nervousness or trepidation from even the most diehard Madrid fan.
The reason being that Barcelona have a certain Lionel Messi up front. That is of course the same Lionel Messi who has scored on his last five visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, netting a total of seven goals in the process. Somebody to fear? Well…yes!
Stats says that Messi shines in big games, and for Barcelona, it will not get any bigger than Saturday’s match in Madrid. A loss could prevent the Catalan giants from winning the league.Messi is tied with Ronaldo for the league lead in goals scored with 17, and for Barcelona to win on Saturday, Messi has to shine.
Battle of the Midfield is the key for this match
Whoever wins the battle in the midfield will control this game and as such have greater chance for win this game. Barcelona will have the upper hand in possession, so Madrid midfielders Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira must make sure they stop Xavi and Cesc Fabregas’ supply to the Barca forwards.Xavi play his 600 (six hundred ) game for Barcelona against Real ,so he will be definitely motivated extra.
Remarkable Madrid has not dropped a single point after scoring first in Liga since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, with every other team dropping at least 18 points in this period.To reflect Barcelona has won only three of its last 10 Liga away fixtures, this coming after setting the record for most consecutive away victories last season (12).
With Ricardo Carvalho still injured,Sergio Ramos will continue to play at the heart of Madrid defense with portugese football player Pepe,and Mourinho will look to deploy A.Arbeloa at right back of his defense.Lassana Diarra will play with Xabi Alonso who returns from suspension .Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria will start the game ,thats for sure,even Mourinho confirmed that,and they will suplay only one attacker,Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain. as Mourinho said ( link)
Possible lineup Real Madrid
Casillas – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Diarra, Khedira – Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain (Benzema)
After suffering concussion in last weekend’s 5-0 victory over Levante, Carles Puyol is probably start at center back alongside Gerard Pique,no major injury has Guardiola and Sergio Busquets is expected to shield the defense with Xavi and Andres Iniesta likely to provide the creativity in the middle of the park.
Guardiola is likely to select Chile forward Alexis Sanchez on the left,as David Villa is set to miss out again , and with Sanchez Cesc Fabregas will be deployed in the ‘false nine’ position and Lionel Messi reverting to a right-wing role.
Possible lineup Barcelona
Valdes – Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Messi, Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez
What They’re Saying
Barcelona legend Johan Cryuff has stressed that Saturday’s battle with Real Madrid is not a La Liga title decider, and said the following to AS via Soccernet.
“The favourite to win? I can only say that Barcelona always play to win against Madrid,” Cruyff told AS. “We’ll see on Saturday who comes out victorious.
“The Clasico won’t be decisive. There are so many games left. Nothing that happens on Saturday will be decisive in the title race.
“It’s only a game and nothing more than that. A win for Madrid wouldn’t all of a sudden mean that they are now the dominant team.”
Barcelona wins in El Clásico! So at least claims octopus …
Specifically, the successor of “psychic” octopus Paul, who accurately predicted the results of all the World Cup in South Africa last year, octopus Messi, predicted that victory in El Clasicu will take Barcelona
Ronaldinho: Barcelona will win in t”El Clasico”
– I wish all the luck to Barcelona in “El Clasicu” I hope and believe that Barça will win. What result do not know, but only thing i want for them is to win this match.
Guti: Real beats Barca 3-1
– Real will definitely beat Barcelona. I think he will win by 3-1 – said the now 35-year-old Guti for As.
Prediction: Maybe its hard to predict match of these two clubs,as in every rival match,lots of things can intervene and determine the winner,so our prediction will be both teams to score.