A classic in a small format

    A classic in a small format

    • Madrid and Barça face each other in Valdebebas in order to hunt down the leadership

    • Messi will become the footballer with the most classics in history, with 45, equaling Ramos

    • Koeman gives passage on the expedition to Piqué and Sergi Roberto, recovered from their injuries

    • Florentino Pérez and Joan Laporta will meet again in the box as presidents

    It’s a big game on a small stage. Without an audience and without the cavernous majesty of the Santiago Bernabeu will play the Madrid and the Barça, both in the skin of the hunter. Who will catch up with the limping first Athletic? Whoever wins will take the lead with only eight games to play. Valdebebas, a tiny bottle to pack a confrontation with so much history, the League will not decide but it seems vital to consolidate or break trends that in both cases are drawn upward.

    The estadio Di Stefano, scorned by Jürgen Klopp, will host the second classic without fans -the first was a few months ago in the Camp Nou– and will remind the Barça managerial expedition that Madrid has taken the lead in terms of future infrastructures. The Bernabéu is rebuilding itself from skin and bones in times of pandemic while the Camp Nou has not yet received a visit from a crane.

    Joan Laporta will sit near Florentino Pérez again. In 2010 they watched the last game together and everything indicates that they will see a few more in the coming years. The white president has everything tied up to be re-elected imminently and without opposition until 2025. White democracy is like that.

    Messi’s record

    In the classic reunion, both have reasons to smile and order cava. In the case of Florentino, Madrid appears tipsy after knocking down a scrawny Liverpool like a giant in the Champions League. And if you look at the statistics, Zidane’s numbers will comfort you: five wins, two losses and three draws in the total of the French coach’s classics.

    In the case of Laporta, he can brandish an overwhelming fact: Koeman’s Barça has 51 of the last 57 points. He sweated the fat drop to obtain the last victory, against Valladolid, but there was an excuse, the narcotic effect of the stoppage of the selections.

    Koeman has given a ticket to Madrid to Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto after their injuries and as a whole the Barça expedition is seen to be more complete than the host, whose defense is in tatters. Without Ramos, without Varane, without Carvajal & mldr; Even so, with Nacho and Militao as burly guardians, he shielded the safe from Salah, Mané, and Firmino. Little joke.

    The absence of Ramos will cause Leo messi equal him as the player who has played the most classics in history. 45 in total. They are two footballers with the renewal in doubt in their respective clubs.

    The protagonists

    Messi, to resort to other statistics, adds 26 goals in all the classics, more than any other footballer, but now he links six games without breaking the Madrid network. Benzema has the worst baggage: there are nine Barça-Madrid paid off dry.

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    However, it’s not just frequent scorers that get the spotlight. Dembele Y Vinicius, more occasional with luck facing goal, they feel in a sweet moment, meandering figures that have bitten the opponents and another leading performance is expected from them on the world set of a classic.

    On the Barcelona side, there is expectation to know if Koeman will maintain the scheme of the three centrals that the house has ordered so well in recent weeks and if he will continue to pivot the exit around De Jong or will make room for Araujo or even Pique. The force of forcing the entry of the Catalan central already happened in the first leg against PSG and the memories are not good. The classic had a last minute novelty: Gil Manzano replaced the injured Mateu Lahoz.

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