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Barcelona Vs Real Madrid Tactical Preview: Team News, Key Men And Streaming Links

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Barcelona will clash heads with Real Madrid at the King Fahd Stadium on Saturday as they try to secure a win in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup. Barca were held to a 1-1 draw by Granada last weekend. In contrast, Los Blancos managed to pick up a 4-1 victory over Valencia earlier this month which will keep them in high spirits going into this game.

Barcelona Vs Real Madrid: Talking Tactics

Xavi is expected to opt for a 4-3-3 formation and could name a strong team for this Clasico. The Spanish head coach will ask his players to keep themselves in the game for as long as possible and try to expose Real Madrid’s weaknesses using the pace of Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay out on the wide areas.

Carlo Ancelotti will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation as well in this midweek clash in Saudi Arabia. The Italian tactician will instruct his men to dominate the midfield battle and create enough chances to win this cup game on the road.

Team News


Eric Garcia is out of action with a hamstring injury while Pedri and Ferran Torres will also miss out after testing positive with COVID-19.

Barcelona Predicted XI

Ter Stegen; Dest, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Gonzalez, Busquets, Gavi; Depay, De Jong, Fati

Real Madrid
Real Madrid players celebrate their second goal scored byt Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior (R) during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 8, 2022. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid

Mariano Diaz and Gareth Bale are unlikely to be risked in this match. Otherwise, Ancelotti has no fresh injury concerns this Wednesday night.

Real Madrid Predicted XI

Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Key Men 


Both Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati need to be at their best if Barca are to come out on top in this Clasico. Clement Lenglet will be given the responsibility to keep things solid alongside Gerard Pique. The defensive duo’s performance could be crucial towards determining the fate of this contest.

Real Madrid

Karim Benzema will once again serve as Los Blancos’ main threat up top. It would be up to Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric to control the midfield battle and engineer a few clear-cut chances for the Madrid giants to win this match.

Barcelona Vs Real Madrid: Streaming Links

Country Broadcaster
United Kingdom BT Sport
India JioTV
Spain #Vamos
Italy Nove TV
Australia SBS
New Zealand


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