This Saturday, just mark your calendar for El Clasico 2020, as FC Barcelona host Real Madrid in the showpiece event. Undoubtedly, the greatest rivalry and the biggest match in world football is up for a memorable gala premiere on 24th October. Two most elite club in Spanish football will lock horns for the 181st time in La Liga. They have played 244 games in total and stats are even with 96 victories apiece. But this will be the first El Clasico without the fans in the stadium. Thanks to the pandemic.
The fixture has always been intense and as LaLiga has embodied within their messages and advertisement #YouHaveToLiveIt, one must certainly have to live the billion-dollar experience. With the transfer window closed and Champions League 2020/21 group stage starting to create an impact, we’re sure that this El Clasico 2020 is not going to be any different. Fans all over would be perplexed on what they can expect from this battle, well, you surely have clicked on the right link!
El Clasico 2020: How Are FC Barcelona Prepping Up For The Clash?
FC Barcelona have had their fair share of troubles in the past few years. Their recent 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich and the previous two semi-final knockouts in the Champions League has left ”the cules” in dispair. Barca also dropped the La Liga crown to their arch-rivals Real Madrid and failed to get results in their favour in the El Clasico last season. The board, however, managed to keep the talisman, Lionel Messi united with the club for one more year and got the Dutch legend, Ronald Koeman at the helm for rebuilding the squad.
Things have been going quite smooth as per the current scenario, as FC Barcelona have managed to win 2 games and earn 7 points in LaLiga. What we’ve seen from Koeman is a different attacking style of football, which was the need of the hour to grow the club’s stature. The new signing have delivered and Philippe Coutinho seems to have just set his rhythm right with the Catalonian club. After their 0-1 loss to Getafe last week, the 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros on Tuesday in the champions league group stage, gives them the right momentum to step in the El Clasico 2020.
Messi on the other hand just loves El Clasico. He has made it his playground. Nobody can dispute his dominance as the forward has broken many records that had stood for more than half a century and let’s just not get away from the fact that he is the highest scorer in the history of this fixture. Messi’s El Clasico legacy is clearly unrivalled. Although they will have to look at injury concerns as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Jordi Alba will not be available.
Barcelona Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Neto; Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets; Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi.
Head To Head Record in El Clasico
El Clasico 2020: What can be expected from Real Madrid?
The reigning champions of La Liga should be in dismal by their standards in the last two games. Zidane‘s men struggled to maintain the 15 games undefeated streak in La Liga as they were handed a 1-0 defeat by the recently promoted club, Cádiz. Los Blancos who have been the most dominant team in Champions League history were handed a 3-2 defeat by the Ukrainian side, Shakhtar Donetsk in the opener of 2020/21 group stage of the UCL.
It’s clear that Real Madrid will be coming into the game with two embarrassing defeats. This will, however, pass on the momentum to the home team as Barcelona will look to drive home their momentary boost at the Camp Nou. Madrid have been sluggish and disorganised in defence, leaving opponents time and space to successfully launch counter-attacks and Ronald Koeman will certainly have taken notes of this loophole.
Well, the good news for all Los Blancos fans would be their captain, Sergio Ramos being back in the squad. While Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal are expected to be out from the El Clasico 2020.
Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Ferland Mendy; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.