El Clasico 2017: Real Madrid Vs

Ferran Torres to lớn make debut? How Barcelona and Real Madrid could line up in El Clasico

Barcelona manager Xavi will be without a number of key players when his side face an in-form Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final

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We may only be a few weeks into 2022 but football fans around the world are already set to lớn be treated to lớn the first El Clasico of the year.

On Wednesday night Barcelona face Real Madrid at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia for the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Whoever wins will then face Athletic Bilbao or Atletico Madrid in the final on Sunday night. So how lớn both teams look ahead of the game?

In defence, Xavi will be without central defender Eric Garcia, who is now expected lớn be out for some time with a hamstring injury.

He joins Sergi Roberto on the injury list, so Barca are likely to lớn stick with a back four of Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet & then Jorgi Alba at left-back.

Gavi’s suspension is set to lớn be carried over to Barca’s next league fixture, which means he should return khổng lồ the starting XI to lớn play in midfield alongside Nico Gonzalez and Sergio Busquets, in the absence of a fully fit Frenkie de Jong.

In attack, Barca are unlikely khổng lồ risk Ansu Fati just yet, which means Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay và Luuk de Jong will be tasked with getting the better of Madrid’s back line.

Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to lớn make too many changes from the side that beat Valencia in the league, with a back four of Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba và Ferland Mendy in front of Thibaut Courtois in goals.

The ever-present trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric và Casemiro will undoubtedly be tasked with getting the better of this battered and bruised Barca in the middle of the pitch.

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In front of them, he should see a front three of Marco Asensio và the remarkably in-form Vinicius Jr supporting the ever-green goal scoring threat of Karim Benzema.

How Barcelona & Real Madrid could line up



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Of all the derbies in our list, Barcelona versus Real Madrid, or El Clasico, is probably the most well-known. The Spanish giants are polar opposites in terms of philsophy, of geography, & of politics, và this opposition of ideas has inevitably led to numerous heated encounters. Madrid, the club of former ruler Franco, against Barca, the Catalan region desperate for independence - rivalry thrives in such circumstances. When Luis Figo moved from Barcelona to lớn Real Madrid for a world record fee in 2000, the response was inevitably vitriolic. Figo won"t forget the pig"s head that landed next to him as he tried lớn take a corner. Political tensions, coupled with the extreme success of both sides in the last decade or so, have only served to heighten the match further still.