It’s that time of the year again when the whole world will stop for 90 minutes to witness a game full of passion, class, drama, action and the tactical genius of the two masterminds managing their favorite clubs. It is going to be a game of chess between the legend of Zinedine Zidane and the treble winner Luis Enrique. Both would like to field XI of their best pieces on the board and protect their kingdom.
With Barca already trailing Real Madrid by 6 points for the first time in 13 years, there won’t be a better opportunity for Zidane and his men to bring the League back home. Luis Enrique may have his job on the line if he fails to impress on Saturday. After a horrible performance against Real Sociedad at Anoeta, he luckily grabbed a point out of the game. Zidane and his troops would like to build a 9 point gap which almost is going to kill the last ray of hope for Barcelona to retain the league title.
Let’s check out who has got his best pieces intact and who’s going to miss his best players down on the pitch when Real Madrid take on FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium on the third of December for the El Clasico.
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Real Madrid have been through a lot of injury trouble recently and haven’t been able to field their best XI, who started the Champions League final last season even once so far this season. Real already have Toni Kroos, Alvaro Morata, and Gareth Bale ruled out for the game. But, the squad’s immense depth and Zidane’s amazing tactics has helped the Los Blancos cope up without much trouble.
Mateo Kovacic has been a revelation this season since Casemiro has got injured. The Croat has started 90% of the Madrid’s matches. Kovacic was one of the main reasons Real Madrid thrashed Atletico at Calderon. Kovacic with his amazing speed and the ability to find little pockets of space kept troubling the Atletico defense all night and helped Real Madrid beat that intense Atletico Madrid press with ease.
Gareth Bale is ruled out for at least 3 months and that’s going to be a huge loss for Real Madrid as his pace down the right wing would have been a really good asset to hit Barcelona on the counter. Fabio Coentrao is a doubt as well after getting a knock in the training. Raphael Varane is set to return after hurting his knee against Sporting. The major boost for Real Madrid have been the timely return of Pepe and Casemiro to the squad and both will play a part in the Saturday’s El Clasico.
Real Madrid do have a lot of injury issues but one can’t rule them out just yet, if they can put 3 past an Atletico side without Kroos, Pepe, Ramos, and Benzema they can easily go past Barca with the squad they have in hand.
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