There will still be ten games before the league ends, but tomorrow's Clásico will be crucial to decide this season's champion. Los Blancos, who landed in Barcelona a couple of hours ago, will try to conquer the Camp Nou and get back to Madrid two points ahead of their archenemies before the two-week FIFA break. Both Ancelotti and Luis Enrique believe that tomorrow's game will be very important, but not definitive, as many things may happen before May.
The games to come
|Real Madrid||FC Barcelona|
|Day 29||Granada (home)||Celta (away)|
|Day 30||Rayo (away)||Almería (home)|
|Day 31||Eibar (home)||Sevilla (away)|
|Day 32||Málaga (home)||Valencia (home)|
|Day 33||Celta (away)||Espanyol (away)|
|Day 34||Almería (home)||Getafe (home)|
|Day 35||Sevilla (away)||Córdoba (away)|
|Day 36||Valencia (home)||Real Sociedad (home)|
|Day 37||Espanyol (away)||Atlético de Madrid (away)|
|Day 38||Getafe (home)||Deportivo (home)|
Real Madrid arrives in El Clásico just after cutting a negative streak, probably not in the best physical or mental condition. However, with the return of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric, Carlo Ancelotti will be able to set a balanced lineup full of world-class players, that will, for sure, defend Real Madrid's honor with pride. No surprises are expected and, since Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira have been left out of the squad list, Varane, Illarramendi, Silva and Jesé will be Ancelotti's candidates to change the course of the game if it is needed.
The culés receive Real Madrid in a very different mood from that of Los Blancos. After having recovered the top spot in La Liga and convincingly moved on to the Champions League quarterfinals with a tremendous exhibition by Lionel Messi, Barcelona is considered the clear favorite for tomorrow's game (bet365, for example, considers that Barcelona's odds to win are around 60%). However, Luis Enrique does not believe anyone has the edge a priori, as he claimed in today's press conference, where he also confirmed that Sergio Busquets is recovered and might play tomorrow, which would send Mascherano to the defensive line, together with Piqué.
It is hard to guess what kind of game we will see tomorrow. The two teams with the biggest offensive output in La Liga face each other, and none of their defensive systems are looking great right now, so one could expect to see a lot of goals. However, the fear of defeat might make both coaches adopt a more solid stance to avoid risks. What we may know for sure is that the Clásico will be an enormous adrenaline rush for all football fans around the globe. Let's just hope our players will be able to get the victory.
FC Barcelona projected XI: Bravo, Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi, Suárez.
Real Madrid projected XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Team news: Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) and James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) are out with injuries.