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Daily Thread: 13 January 2024

Saturday Edition of the Daily Merengue

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

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El Clasico Preview.

Real Madrid now have the chance to win the trophy for the first time in five seasons and the 13th time in their history, which would move them to within one Super Cup of record winners, Barcelona.

While they may have come up short against their bitter rivals in last year’s final, Real Madrid will head into Sunday’s contest in a confident mood, having avoided defeat in each of their last 20 competitive matches (W17, D3) since losing to Atleti in September.

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Real Madrid.

Xavi’s side made it into the final by beating Osasuna 2-0, but it was another lacklustre performance that didn’t fill fans with confidence ahead of this Clasico. That being said, Madrid made it through with a chaotic 5-3 win against Atletico Madrid which showed they have weaknesses that can be exploited. Pedri expected to come into midfield while Lamine Yamal and Joao Felix could replace wingers who faced Osasuna.

For Barca the major negative from that semi-final was an injury for Brazilian winger Raphinha, who suffered a hamstring blow and won’t be available. Currently sitting in third place and seven points behind Real Madrid in La Liga, they may have some extra motivation to claim the silverware on Sunday, especially as they gave up a lead to lose to their rivals in October’s league meeting.

Not only are they driven to beat their famous old foes, but the Catalan giants also have the chance to win consecutive Spanish Super Cups for the first time since achieving the feat in 2010 and 2011 when Pep Guardiola was in the dugout and Xavi was marshalling the midfield.

Barcelona possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Pena, Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, De Jong, Gundogan; Yamal, Felix, Lewandowski.

Or....

Possible lineup changes from the Atleti game.

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