More than a classic, more than the honor of all of Spain, there are three points that can mean the title of the season: Real Madrid faces Barcelona for date 30 of the championship.
With different realities – the merengue team is in the Champions League dispute – this Saturday, at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, the game that paralyzes everyone will take place.
Real Madrid, led by Zinedine Zidane, third in the general classification with 63 points, is three points behind the leader, Atlético de Madrid, so a victory, added to the expected fall of the leader against Real Betis on Sunday, would leave the whites at the top of the competition and very close to achieving the long-awaited title of the season.
Now, Barcelona, whose only objective is La Liga, is second in the table with 65 units, two more than the meringues and one less than the mattress box. The victory for those of Ronald Koeman, together with the desired fall of Atlético de Madrid, would mean the absolute leadership of the championship, so the challenge of staying with the classic is vital for the aspirations of the Catalans.
The merengue team delivered the list of summoned for this decisive duel and confirmed the casualties of Varane (coronavirus) and Sergio Ramos (injury), in addition to the expected absences of Dani Carvajal and Eden Hazard.
On the other hand, Barcelona will not be able to count on three players, the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, and the attackers Ansu Fati and Coutinho, the reason given to Koeman to summon several youth from the farmhouse for this match.
In Real Madrid the reflectors point towards Karim Benzema. The French attacker is the merengue team’s top scorer with 18 goals, in addition to being the striker and one of the leaders of the dressing room, the ‘cat’ is essential for the offensive scheme proposed by Zidane, since his contribution in assists and creation of opportunities also it’s key.
Along with Benzema, Vinicius Jr. also appears. The Brazilian winger comes from scoring a double against Liverpool for the Champions League and is called to be that differential factor for the merengue team in the classic.
In Barcelona, Lionel Messi is the man who steals all eyes. With 23 goals in the league, the Argentine is the leader of the competition’s scorers, his ownership is more than fixed, so the best version of him on the field, as Koeman assured, will be vital for the team Barça get all three points.
Besides Messi is Dembélé. The French winger comes from giving victory to the Catalans on the previous date (1-0 over Valladolid) and is expected to be just as influential in the most important derby in Europe.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Vinicius y Benzema.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Lenglet; Dest, Busquets, De Jong, Alba; Pedri, Messi y Dembelé.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Day: Saturday, April 9.
Time: 2:00 pm, Colombian time.
Estadio: Alfredo Di Stefano.