After a decade, more accurately eleven years later, the news following the El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, won’t be about Messi or Ronaldo. Will it be a lacklustre match? Or will it change the statistics of the point table of La-Liga? Let us have a look at this.
Barcelona is leading the point-table now and Real Madrid is at number seven after playing nine matches of the league. But the difference between these two teams is only four. So there is a pretty good chance for both teams to ensure their better position by this battle.
Can Barcelona beat Real Madrid without Messi?
The way of Barcelona in this session is clearly smoother than their rival. But in the next rivalry, they will certainly miss their little maestro Leonel Messi due to his injury. The pressure is all on Suarez-Coutinho-Rakitic and they have to play as a team as they play normally with the help of Messi. How they tackle the absence of Messi in the field will determine the result.Ernesto Valverde is having a selection headache in this Messi-less opening El Clasico of the season. Obviously, there is no alternative to Messi in the current football world, but Valverde has to adjust Messi’s absence until the middle of November.
Barca’s main striker Luis Suarez has scored only 2 goals in his last 13 appearances. But he still remains the key player for his side. As the alternative choice of Messi’s absence, Rafinha grabs the huge chance when selected for the Champions League win against Inter by converting a Suarez cross. This may tempt Valverde to keep him in the starting XI ahead of Usman Dembele.
Since his arriving in the summer, Brazilian midfielder Arthur has been hugely impressive in the middle. He will decorate the midfield along with Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets.
Meanwhile, Without Samuel Umtiti, Barca’s leaky defence conceded 9 goals in their last 13 games which causes them the lowest point at this stage of the league season since 2004. That’s why Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique has to be more cautious at the back.
La Liga: Real Madrid Doesn’t want to stay in the 8th place
In the same time, Real Madrid is in great trouble from the beginning of the current session. After releasing CR-7, they are facing the worst condition of goal-drought. Benzema-Bale-Marcelo and especially the FIFA best player of the year- Luka Modric will have to come forward to make a positive change for Real Madrid.
This may determine the fate of their coach Julen Lopetegui. If Los Blancos can’t be able to do something special on Sunday’s El Clasico, the ex-Spain boss’s journey with Real might be ended up in just 4 months. He could be replaced by Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino, who is reportedly being lined up by Madrid chiefs.
There will be a no better option for Vinicius Junior to prove himself in this weekend’s El Classico. Strikers like Karim Benzema’s calibre have to get back to his best form to bring back his team back into the title race.
Julen Lopetegui has some big issues with his regular men as well. Dani Carvajal is carrying a calf injury, Marcelo is not fit either. Nacho could be a pretty good choice but Alvaro Odriozola is a more-than-capable replacement.
Recently, Los Blancos welcomed Spanish attacker Isco back into the action at Camp Nou this weekend, but Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are the more likely candidates to start.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Coutinho, Suarez, Rafinha
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Marcelo, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Bale