According to Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the club does not spend much time studying Lionel Messi ahead of the El Clasico.

“Do we think about Messi ahead of the match? No, not at all! That was the case with Atletico during my first season, especially when we had to play against these stars at Camp Nou. Then if we didn’t think about them, it meant that we were doing something wrong.

Now everything is different. For me, Messi is just like any other player. Because of him, I would never see nightmares. We will learn him just like any player in Celta or Levante. There is no difference. ”- FOX Sports quotes the words of Thibaut Courtois.

Recall that Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow night, March 1.

 

Barca have 6 debutants for the Bernabéu Clasico

 

There are currently six players in Barcelona’s squad for whom Santiago Bernabéu will be debut at the Clasico tomorrow. They are Ansu Fati, Frankie De Jong, Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite, and Neto.

It is interesting that Blaugrana boss Quique Setien will face Real Madrid for the first time in his career at Barca.

Of the six listed above, only Ansu Fati has some experience at the Bernabeu. The 17-year-old Guinea-Bissau debuted his first “Clasico” last December, with spending eight minutes on the pitch.

 

How Messi changed the history of “El Clasico”

 

It is unlikely we will see again in the future that one player changes the club’s history as Lionel Messi has transformed Barcelona. Historically, El Clasico has always been dominated by Real Madrid, but in 16 years, Leo has had to change everything.

Things have changed dramatically since the debut of La Pulga. The statistics of the six-time Gold Ball Owner in El Clasico are as follows:

40 matches

26 goals

14 Assists

19 victories