Messi and Toni Kroos, in a new personal duel in Spain (REUTERS / Albert Gea)
Real Madrid and Barcelona will star in one of the most interesting classics of recent years. The derby in which the top of the Spanish league will be put into play will have plenty of condiments and will start at 16 (Argentine time) at the stadium Alfredo Di Stéfano of Valdebebas, sports city merengue in which the team acts as a venue while the remodeling work continues at the Santiago Bernabéu. Will televise ESPN.
Barça will seek to take revenge for what happened in the match for the first round of the domestic championship in which Madrid won 3-1 at the Camp Nou. It should be noted that this may become the last derby I will dispute Lionel Messi, who has not yet defined his continuity in the Catalan institution with a couple of months remaining for the expiration of his contract. Will you sign the extension or choose to change air in Manchester City or Paris Saint Germain?
At a press conference, Zinedine Zidane He wanted Messi to continue defending the Blaugrana shirt and at the same time regretted the casualties he had to face this important event. Sergio Ramos (twin), Dani Carvajal (thigh), Raphael Varane (COVID-19) and Eden Hazard (psoas) were ruled out for the clash this afternoon in the Spanish capital. This is why the French could reach repeat training With which he defeated Liverpool during the week for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals (next Wednesday, April 14, he will define the series in England).
Promise of good football in Madrid: Modric and Messi, flag bearers (REUTERS / Albert Gea)
In the opposite sidewalk Ronald Koeman did not confirm the eleven headline of the culés and strikingly defended the rival club’s position to exercise his hometown in Valdebebas, after the comments of the German Jürgen Klopp. Without Ansu Fati or Philippe Coutinho (injured) but with Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto recovered from physical ailments that had them abused, the Dutch coach has a doubt in the background: support Óscar Mingueza or include Piqué or Ronald Araújo.
After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus and the breakdown of the duel with Messi, the Spanish classic was slightly devalued. That is why this afternoon’s event, with the addition of each one’s chances of winning on the court, is of great interest. Atlético Madrid leads the league with 66 units and will visit Betis tomorrow with the result set. Barcelona is one unit away and it is clear that a victory will leave it -at least for a while- as the only leader (in addition, scoring it will reach those of Diego Simeone). It only serves Madrid to triumph to overcome the line of its staunch opponent and reach the Colchoneros.
At the end of this day there will be nothing more than eight games left and it is worth mentioning that on Date 35 they will face each other Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in the Camp Nou.
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Éder Militao, Nacho, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. DT: Zinedine Zidane
Barcelona: Marc-André Ter Stegen; Óscar Mingueza, Frenkie De Jong, Clément Lenglet; Sergiño Dest, Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Jordi Alba; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé. DT: Ronald Koeman
Stadium: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Valdebebas)
Hour: 16.00 (Argentina)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Televisa: ESPN (in Argentina)
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