El Clasico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid is perhaps the biggest domestic league rivalry in the football world. It is now only one day away from the first El Clasico of the Spanish La Liga 2016/17 season. Here are some of the important details that you need to know:
El Clasico (La Liga 2016/17)
Date: December 3, 2016
Time: 16:15 CET
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Current La Liga Standings:
Real Madrid 1st (33 points)
Barcelona 2nd (27 points)
Preparations: Both clubs have already been posting updates about their players’ preparations. Members of the first team as well as several players from Real Madrid Castilla and Barcelona’s B Team have been present in the training sessions.
Real Madrid has cited a focus on passing and ball possession in their latest training session. They also posted some fun clips from a session of footvolley.
Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been posting several workout videos on his personal social media accounts to show his personal preparations for the big match.
Barcelona has also been engaging in rigorous training sessions. The club’s website has shared that just like their opponents, the players who featured in the mid-week Copa Del Rey matches have now gone through their post-match workout, and will have another session before El Clasico.
Standings: Real Madrid currently leads the La Liga six points clear at the top of the table. That means that Barcelona won’t have a chance to overtake even with a victory. However, Real Madrid player Karim Benzema knows that the lead does not mean that the team should be complacent.
“It will be a very tough game against a great team, so we know that we have, as always a huge match ahead of us. There will be a lot of pressure, everyone is braced for that. For that reason, going into the game there as league leaders does not make a difference”.he said.
Lineup: Neither team has announced their official squad for the match yet. However, Real Madrid Castilla standouts Tejero, Odegaard and Enzo have been called upon in training and could be on the bench. Recovering players Toni Kroos and Alvaro Morata trained away from the main group and may start the game on the bench.
Meanwhile, the Barcelona “trident” of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and Luis Suarez are all fit for the game. A surprisingly large number of 12 Team B players have also been included in the training sessions.
Stay tuned for El Clasico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid results!