EL Clasico: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

28 October, 2018, 08:28 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Leo Messi

The Argentina superstar is expected to make the game on Sunday afternoon and watch from the stands.

The Argentine is all-time top scorer in the fixture with 26 goals in 38 matches in all competitions and also has the most assists, with 14.

"This game is sufficiently big, important and motivating for them not to be thinking about all these things that interest you [media]".

Ernesto Valverde's side have failed to convince in LaLiga this season and failed to register a win in their four games before last weekend's victory over Sevilla.

Spanish La Liga biggest match will not feature Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Former Real Madrid star Cristiano Roanldo on Sunday's El Clasico clash at Camp Nou, which has been a personal playground for two larger-than-life global icons.

"We want to win, for the fans, ourselves and to stay top". "We focus on the rival, of course, but on what they can do". They play well, passing the ball quickly and thinking fast. 'The crises in teams like Madrid are always blown out of proportion, and then the players step up.

While Madrid's woes have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, Barcelona, too, have failed to consistently find their best form so far in 2018-19. "In contrast, I think we did better from this point of view in the second half". Maybe they're not being effective with those opportunities but the other day against Levante they had 10 clear chances.

In addition, under-fire club manager Julen Lopetegui was also involved in the promotional activity, despite the possibility of his exit from the Galaticos in the coming days.

Midfielder Rafinha took Messi's place in midweek against Inter Milan and Valverde said he already knows his team for Madrid's visit, although he would not confirm if it would be the same side which beat the Italians 2-0.

"I'm looking at several options, several players who can play in that position or we could change the system".

This will be the first Clasico without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since December 2007.

"But I mostly focus on our own play, to attack well and defend well, not commit mistakes, be effective, and be confident in our ability to damage the opponent".

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