The “El Classico” is not like any other match in a season. It is more or less the big game and indeed an head to head Clash of the Titans of the la Liga as both Teams are still competing for the La Liga title.
Both teams would have to give their best;R.Madrid currently stand on top of the table with 75 points with Barca just trailing behind with72 points; If R. Madrid wins the Game they will be a whole six points clear of Barca, who would be hungry for a win today, but would have to do their best without Brazillian top striker, Neymar who is suffering a suspension.
Barcelona Boss, Luis Enrique is still positive to the possibility that Neymar might be available to play the well anticipated match.
Neymar previously sustained just one match ban against malaga for being sent off the pitch, but it was extended to three because sarcastically applauded the forth official when coming off.
The case was first taken to the Spanish football federation and then to Spain’s court for sports (TAD) after their bid was rejected by the Spanish football federation.
TAD has made no final judgement on the case but went on to say : “All participants in sport are free to interpret the rules as they see pertinent in relation to their rights and interests, without prejudice to the fact that competent bodies may subsequently determine the correctness or incorrectness of their interpretation.”- so it is not clear what the fate of the Brazilian striker holds for the 2017 El Classico.
On the Real Madrid side, Gareth Bale is available again after missing R.Madrid’s last two games. Bale hasn’t been what i will call outstanding this season but there is a big possibility of him filling in the right wing for Madrid.
PROJECTED LINE UPs
MADRID- Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
BARCA- Ter Stegen; Pique, Mascherano, Umtiti, Roberto, Rakitic, Busquets; Iniesta, Alba; Messi, Suarez.
Given R.Madrid’s squad and performance this season, I’ll give this to them. You don’t agree? Then tell us what you think.