Who will win the 255th Clasico in history? This Saturday, FC Barcelona, undefeated in their 13 matches in all competitions this season, welcomes Real Madrid, who have won eight of their first ten La Liga matches. Before this encounter, Barcelona sits in third place with 24 points, while Real Madrid is in second place with 25 points. Girona, the sensation of the early season in Spain, currently leads the Spanish league with 28 points.
For this Clasico, Xavi, without Pedri, Sergi Roberto, and De Jong, has chosen a 4-3-3 formation with Ronald Araujo as the right back and Joao Cancelo in midfield alongside Gundogan and Gavi. Upfront, Joao Felix and Fermin will accompany Ferran Torres, who will be the lone striker. Raphinha, Kounde, and the returning Lewandowski start on the bench. Carlo Ancelotti, on the other hand, sticks to his plans and also opts for a 4-3-3 formation, as usual, with Frenchmen Ferland Mendy at left back and Tchouameni in the midfield trio alongside Kroos and Valverde. Bellingham starts behind Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr.
The official lineups are as follows:
FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Araujo, Christensen, I. Martinez, Balde – Cancelo, Gundogan, Gavi – Fermin, F. Torres, Felix
Real Madrid: Kepa – Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, F. Mendy – Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos – Bellingham – Vinicius, Rodrygo
The Clasico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is one of the most highly anticipated matches in world football. The rivalry between these two Spanish giants dates back decades and has produced some of the most memorable moments in the sport’s history. As always, both teams have carefully selected their starting lineups for this crucial encounter.
FC Barcelona, under the guidance of Xavi, will be without some key players due to injury. Pedri, Sergi Roberto, and De Jong will not be available for this match. However, Xavi has put together a strong lineup, aiming to maintain their unbeaten run this season. The team will be playing in a 4-3-3 formation, with Ronald Araujo filling in as the right back and Joao Cancelo joining Gundogan and Gavi in midfield. Upfront, Joao Felix and Fermin will provide support to Ferran Torres, who will lead the attack as the lone striker.
On the other side, Real Madrid, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, has had an impressive start to the season, winning eight out of their first ten La Liga matches. Ancelotti has chosen to stick with his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation for this Clasico. The team will feature Ferland Mendy at left back, Tchouameni in midfield alongside Kroos and Valverde, and Bellingham playing just behind the attacking duo of Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr.
Both teams have a wealth of talent and experience in their lineups. FC Barcelona will rely on the creativity and attacking prowess of players like Joao Felix and Ferran Torres, while Real Madrid will look to the pace and skill of Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. to trouble the Barcelona defense. The midfield battle will also be crucial, with players like Gundogan for Barcelona and Kroos for Real Madrid expected to dictate the tempo of the game.
The outcome of this Clasico is difficult to predict, as both teams are in good form and have strong lineups. It will come down to which team can execute their game plan better on the day. The Clasico is not only a battle for three points but also a clash of ideologies and pride. The players will be aware of the significance of this match and will give their all to secure a victory for their respective teams.
Football fans around the world will be eagerly watching this clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, hoping to witness another memorable chapter in the history of the Clasico. Regardless of the result, one thing is certain – this match will be a spectacle of skill, passion, and intensity, showcasing the best of Spanish football.