Real Madrid take on Barcelona this weekend in the last El Classico of the season. The fixture this time is a league meeting between the two heavyweight sides and the result of the match is inconsequential.
Barcelona’s unbeaten, brilliant form has already seen them win the league and Real Madrid’s less than the average defence has seen them fade away from the title chase. The Galacticos have, however, done well in Europe and are ninety minutes away from a historic third UEFA Champions League trophy on the bounce.
They are expected to be the favourites for the match as they will be facing Liverpool and the win in Europe might act as a saving grace for Zinedine Zidane’s men. They will, however, not want to lose this match as it is always a matter of great prestige to win the El Classico.
Moreover, controversies are flying this time around with Barcelona having already won the title and Real Madrid refusing to give them the Guard of Honour. It is customary for the traditional big clubs to give their rivals a guard of honour should the opposing club have already won the league title.
Barcelona did that for Real Madrid back in 2008 but Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos have made it clear that Barcelona should not be expecting such an honour this time around. Their belief is that they were not given the guard back when the two sides met after Real had won the FIFA Club World Cup and hence they do not owe Barcelona anything.
All in all, despite the result not mattering, the match is set to be a spicy treat for fans to watch with so many battles on the cards. This is how Zidane will want to set his team up for the big clash.
Keylor Navas can be expected to play in goal. Sergio Ramos can be expected to play in central defence next to Raphael Varane. With Dani Carvajal still recovering, Lucas Vazquez can be expected to play at right back. Marcelo will be expected to continue at left-back.
Casemiro will be expected to play as the holding midfielder with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric as the two other midfielders for Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale might finally get a start on the right wing with Cristiano Ronaldo to play on the left wing. Karim Benzema might start up front for the Galacticos.