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CONFIRMED lineups: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, El Clásico 2015

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FC Barcelona Starting XI: Bravo, Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba, Mascherano, Rakitic, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi, Suárez.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Ancelotti's men have a very interesting challenge ahead. Considering they are just one point behind FC Barcelona in the Liga BBVA table, Real Madrid will probably have to think about settling for a draw at some point, but as Carlo Ancelotti confirmed during his pre-match press conference, Los Blancos will go after the win. However, a win for FC Barcelona could be decisive in this race for the title.

As expected, Ancelotti has decided to start his trademark XI, but his team will likely play under a 4-4-2 formation. Will that two-man of Kroos and Modric midfield be enough to stop Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez's attacks? Ancelotti's reluctance of playing with a pure defensive midfielder could either cost the team or give Real Madrid control of the ball.

The world is watching.