FC Barcelona visit Real Madrid’s Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in what will be the last El Clasico of the 2020-2021 season. Los Blancos earned a convincing 1-3 win at the Camp Nou last October and they’ve gained some momentum lately, putting themselves back into contention for La Liga title. Their win against Liverpool last Tuesday was arguably Madrid’s best performance in quite some time.
On the other hand, Barcelona have also shown improvements lately, mainly on offense, where the Griezmann, Dembele and Messi trio have been efficient over the last few weeks. Furthermore, Real Madrid will be without undisputed starters Carvajal, Varane and Ramos, so it won’t be easy for Los Blancos to contain Barça’s attacking efforts. Militao, Nacho and Lucas Vazquez will need to step up again.
Time: 21:00 CET (local time), 03:00pm EST.
Venue: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain.
Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Movistar La Liga (Spain)
Available Streaming: BeIN Sports Connect (USA), Fubo.TV (USA).
At the same time, Real Madrid, the familiar scent of European glory in its nostrils, breezes past Liverpool and edges Chelsea to win a place in the Champions League final. Real Madrid would, by most measures, be the underdog in Istanbul. Manchester City and Bayern Munich, certainly, are more coherent, more complete teams. Even Paris St.-Germain, its mission for revenge fueled by the brilliance of Kylian Mbappé, has more star power, more forward momentum, as it proved so thrillingly on Wednesday night in Munich.
Real are only two points further back in third, but with two teams above them still to play each other, Zinedine Zidane’s men will be confident of making up the ground in the final two months of the campaign.
Both teams have accumulated defensive injuries and Real Madrid won’t be able to count on any of Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos or Raphael Varane.
Still, against Liverpool, Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez proved to be reliable substitutes, almost to the point of forming a stronger defensive unit that Barcelona will be able to put out on Saturday.
Ronald Koeman’s team depends on the presence of Gerard Pique to be able to provide leadership, but he has been inconsistent in terms of his availability.
This is the area where the match will be decided. Both teams have top international players. Whoever is able to impose their rhythm will have a significant advantage. The trident formed by Casemiro, Kroos and Modric is the heart of Real Madrid and it seems unbeatable right now.
While Manchester City are cantering to a third Premier League title in four years, Bayern Munich are in pole position for a ninth successive Bundesliga win and Inter Milan are edging closer to a first Serie A crown since 2010… Hay Liga!
Atletico’s loss away to Sevilla last weekend has blown the Spanish title race wide open. For the first time in more than three months, Barcelona depend on their own results to be crowned La Liga champions. They travel to the Spanish capital unbeaten in 19 league games; win their remaining nine fixtures and they will finish top for the first time in two years.