Barcelona vs Real Madrid LIVE: Clasico rivals meet at the Nou Camp with Real aiming to return to LaLiga summit and Barca desperate for morale-boosting win to climb into the top four
- Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Nou Camp in the season’s first Clasico
- Carlo Ancelotti’s side can return top of the LaLiga table with three points
- Ronald Koeman’s team want to build on last weekend’s victory over Valencia
- Latest LaLiga news, including live action and results
- LaLiga table – as it stands
Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in the always eagerly-anticipated Clasico at the Nou Camp.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team have certainly enjoyed the better start to the season of the pair and can return to the top of LaLiga – for a few hours at least – with a favourable result.
Barcelona can climb the table, potentially up into the top four, if they take the points.
Follow Sportsmail’s FAAEZ SAMADI for live LaLiga coverage of Barcelona vs Real Madrid, including build-up, team news and updates.
A player that many have questioned over whether he’s good enough for Real is Vinicius Junior. Having made a flying start to LaLiga, here’s our Pete Jenson explaining why today’s Clasico could be the young Brazilian’s moment.
No surprises that Carlo Ancelotti has opted to name an unchanged side from the one that hammered Shahktar Donetsk 5-0 in the Champions League in midweek. It’s a Clasico debut for the highly decorated David Alaba.
Ronald Koeman has a few crucial players missing such as Pedri and Ronald Araujo, but the good news is Jordi Alba is fit to start.
There are two changes from the win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League: Ansu Fati and Eric Garcia start ahead of Luuk de Jong and Clement Lenglet. Superstar Gavi, just 17, makes his first appearance against Real Madrid.
There’s nothing quite like a Clasico, regardless of where both teams are in the league. Over the years we’ve become accustomed to seeing them duke it out for the top of LaLiga, just as we’ve become used to seeing a certain diminutive Argentinian at the centre of it.
But Lionel Messi is no longer part of the Clasico furniture, and both Real Madrid and Barcelona are not the powers they once were. Real may currently have the bragging rights, sitting third in the league against Barca’s eighth, but a win for Ronald Koeman’s men will see them overtake Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Sounds like motivation enough for a potential humdinger!
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