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A Classic different. That is what we will see this Saturday in a Camp Nou it will be empty. For the first time there will be a duel between Barcelona Y Real Madrid without an audience in the stands, which will make a confrontation somewhat more decaffeinated in which, however, there will be a lot at stake despite being at the beginning of the season. Silence in the stadium, but a lot of tension on the pitch.
And is that this Classic occurs at a difficult time for both teams. Neither Barça nor Madrid are at their best, immersed in a reconstruction in different phases and with problems that range from sports, more in the case of whites, to institutional, for Barça. Two greats with doubts around them and that, right now, none of them occupies the first place in League after six days.
The situation in which Barça and Madrid find themselves makes tomorrow harder for the loser of the clash. Both teams look into an abyss and to go badly out of a Classic would be a hard blow for anyone.
Crisis of results in Madrid
In terms of results, Real Madrid is worse, having lost the last two games and against lesser rivals (Cadiz Y Shakhtar Donetsk); while Barça came back from its first league defeat (1-0 in Getafe), with a balsamic European win (5-1 against the Ferencvaros). Doubts with those of Zidane, who has shown himself secure in office this Friday and reaffirming the support from the dressing room to the board.
It has not been an easy start to the season for Real Madrid. The white team, which could not sign in the summer, continues to struggle in the face of port and has lost that defensive strength that led them to the league title a few months ago after the resumption of the championship after confinement. Without Hazard, Zidane’s team would be without electricity were it not for a Vinicius which has taken a leap in quality.
Neither is the Barcelona of Koeman with your game. An improvement has been seen in the game and Ansu fati, Coutinho or Pedri They have given the team freshness. However, the culés are missing the best Messi, who seems to keep his head on his false start, and still can’t find the best Griezmann, that far from growing in his second year as a Barça player, he has lost even more weight even when he faced his coach.
There is more difference in the offices. Madrid has had to assume the sacrifice of not signing this summer to alleviate the losses due to the coronavirus crisis, but far from that it enjoys stability as an entity and has not been involved in problems like those that come out almost every week to Barça .
The last thing in the culé environment has been the tone of Gerard Piqué, which has charged against Bartomeu and has put the cards on the table. With the president offside, between the motion of censure and the elections looming on the horizon, the locker room heavyweights continue to show their strength in public. Not all and it is that Messi, after his false start and his crack due to the departure of Luis Suarez, has taken a step back both as captain and in his performance on the pitch.
This is how a Classic is posed with many doubts. As for what will be seen in the field, the feeling is more than unknown. Continuing with Messi, it could be his last Clásico at home if his departure is confirmed at the end of the season. The ’10’ has not scored in the last five games against Real Madrid. He will play his Clásico 44 and has spent two years, five months and eighteen days without scoring a goal against Real Madrid, one of his favorite victims. The Argentine is the player who has scored the most goals in the history of the classics (26), but the last goal of the Rosario striker against Real Madrid dates back to May 6, 2018, in the match of the 36th day of the League that finished in a draw (2-2).
While the Argentine continues to seek his best level, the Catalans cling to Ansu Fati who has thrown the team on his back, being his top scorer with four goals. With Griezmann, the third in discord of the Blaugrana attack, nobody dares to take his ownership for granted and if he does not play, Trincao will. In the rest of the team the novelty will be Jordi Alba, recovered from his injury, and will continue without being under sticks Ter Stegen.
Madrid, with Ramos
For Real Madrid, the classic appears as a turning point. The perfect setting to take flight and bury the doubts that arise about the project and even about the figure of Zidane. Nothing better for your interests than to recover the true leader of Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos, the king of the Classical, is recovered in time from his left knee to dispute number 45, one more than Messi. Madrid is appealing to his image of claw for reaction after an unexpected collapse. With the defensive security that prompted him to conquer the League after confinement disappear, the white team has become vulnerable.
With Courtois as savior, Nacho points out as a ‘patch’ of the problem on the right side and the return of Mendy to the left. The strength for the fight in the center of the field will be put by Zidane with the couple Casemiro – Fede Valverde, who will accompany Kroos Y Modric. The hope is Vinicius and Real Madrid hopes that Benzema will recover his goal in time, after only scoring one so far this season.
Barcelona – Real Madrid
Barcelona: Net; S. Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, J. Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Ansu Fati; Messi.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, F. Valverde; Benzema and Vinicius.
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee).
Time: 16:00 – Movistar LaLiga / EL BERNABÉU.
Information: Match corresponding to day 7 of La Liga that will be played at the Camp Nou stadium (Barcelona) without spectators.