The time has come for Spain to head into the championship – champions Barcelona are two points ahead of Real Madrid before the upcoming main duel at Santiago Bernabéu.
As you may know, Quique Setien has just made his Champions League debut as coach, and now he is expecting his debut at El Clasico. This main duel between Barca and Real Madrid may be the most important match of his career.
In La Liga they have a perfect ratio – Real and Barça both won 72 matches, with 35 finishing with a draw. In official matches, Barca is ahead – 96 wins against 95 (52 draws).
Another thing to say in favor of the Catalans, is the fact that last time in La Liga, Real beat Barcelona at home in October 2014 (3: 1). On the other hand, Leo Messi has not scored a goal in El Clasico for 336 minutes. The last time he netted a goal against Real Madrid on May 6, 2018, when the match ended 2: 2.
Injuries Nightmare for Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane will not have Eden Hazard, who has just been injured again. It has been a long time since Marco Asencio has been injured and the Royal Club already seems to be used to his absence. Rodrygo is disqualified.
Zinedine Zidane: “It’s a delicate moment, because there are three games at our stadium that we haven’t won. But anyone who knows football knows that it’s happening. We need positive support now -From the first, until the last minute.
I understand that many are frustrated, but now we need our fans. The team will be fully spent and will do their best on the field.
We know the price of Leo Messi and his team well. He is a fundamental figure in the team, though Barça is strong in every aspect. We know well what kind of force we will play against. Heart, Wisdom, and Unity – These are the three things we need to win this match.”
Setien’s Debut for El Clasico
The Catalans lack Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez. Of these, only Alba has the chance to play. So has Gerard Pique, who was injured in Naples.
Quique Setien: “The previous confrontations mean nothing, every match is different. It’s a very important game for us, a chance to move forward and strengthen the leadership. But more important this game is for Real, because if they lose this main duel, we will already have five points ahead”.