The ninth week of La Liga hosts the El Clasico. Real Madrid and Barcelona meet at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Real Madrid – Barcelona match, which kicks off at 17.15 CET, is broadcast live on S Sport.
Real Madrid – Barcelona First 11
Real Madrid: Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Choumeni, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Kaunde, Garcia, Balde, Busquets, De Jong, Pedri, Rafinha, Dembele, Lewandowski
In Week 9 of the Spanish 1st Football League (La Liga), Real Madrid and Barcelona met for the 250th time in one of the most well-known and watched matches in the football world, El Clasico.
The league’s two unbeaten teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid, have 22 points ahead of El Clasico, while the Catalan side, who have conceded just 1 goal so far, sit in the lead on average.
Of the 249 matches played between the two teams since March 26, 1916, Real Madrid have won 100 and Barcelona 97, with 52 draws.
In El Clásico, played 184 times in the league and ending in a draw 35 times, Real Madrid has 76 wins and Barcelona 73.
The Violet-Whites, who have won 5 of their last 6 matches against arch-rivals Barcelona in all competitions, lost 4-0 to the Catalan side at home on March 20 last season.
Lewandowski or Benzema?
Two prominent names in this year’s El Clasico are Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski, both 34 years old.
French striker Benzema, who has played 38 El Clásico matches in a lilac-white jersey and so far with 11 goals and 9 assists, has Lewandowski (9 goals) who made his first El Clásico in La Liga and is the top scorer in the league.
Earlier, this Polish forward scored 6 goals in 8 matches against Real Madrid in the Champions League for Bayern Munich.
Busquets record tracking
On the other hand, after Lionel Messi (45) and Sergio Ramos (45), the 34-year-old Barcelona footballer Sergio Busquets, who has played the most El Clasico matches in history, is playing for the 44th time in this important match.
With a possible win for Barcelona, Busquets will equal the record held by Paco Gente (Real Madrid) for the most El Clásico wins of 21 times.
Xavi and El Clasico
Barcelona coach Javi Hernandez will also become the first coach in the league since 2014 to win back-to-back El Clasicos if they can win again at the Bernabeu tomorrow after a 4-0 scoreline in March.
“El Clasico is a great opportunity for us,” coach Xavi told a press conference in Barcelona. “We will go into the field with the mentality to respond to this challenge. We want to be positive and maintain the lead.” made a statement
“I wish I could be a football player and play games like this.” Xavi said, stressing that El Clasico is a show and their concentration is at the highest level.
Ancelotti’s El Clasico statistics
Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, who had 2 wins and 3 losses in El Clasicos in his first term at Real Madrid (2013-2015), has 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 matches in his second term (from 2021).
“They know the opponents very well. Last season’s matches won’t affect them. It’s another El Clasico and there it is. The excitement of playing against the whole world, the good image,” Ancelotti said at a press conference, saying he had not seen the video of their last 4-0 win over Barcelona. Willingness to show. “It’s not a life-and-death match. It’s just individual matches and the league is too long. But we want to win.” he said.
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Real Madrid’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is still not fully recovered from his hernia injury, will miss out.
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