Barcelona predicted lineup vs Real Madrid

Barcelona journey into enemy territory to face Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.

The Catalans shall be led by a veteran of the fixture throughout his taking part in days. Xavi Hernandez performed in a staggering 42 clasicos, scoring 5 occasions and teeing up one other ten. However, the Barcelona-born midfielder misplaced to Real Madrid (13) extra typically than another membership in his profession.

Here’s the XI the previous Blaugrana skipper might deploy to keep away from one other defeat on the grand stage.


Pedri has been overwhelmed by Real Madrid extra typically than another membership in his younger profession (three) / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Despite conceding seven targets in 4 European video games, Ter Stegen has shipped only one in La Liga all time period, coming into the competition on the again of six consecutive home clear sheets.

RB: Jules Kounde – The Frenchman returned to coaching three days earlier than the derby however could also be referred to as upon to copy the bodily man-marking that Ronald Araujo (nonetheless injured) carried out on Vinicius Junior throughout the earlier clasico.

CB: Gerard Pique – With what Xavi charitably described as a “clear mistake” recent in his thoughts, there aren’t many match choices accessible for the Barcelona coach except for turning to his veteran once more.

CB: Eric Garcia – “You’re going to win the Ballon d’Or subsequent season?” Garcia sarcastically requested Vinicius Junior throughout final March’s clasico. “The Ballon d’Or?” The Brazilian has since been nominated for the award.

LB: Alejandro Balde – In July 2021, Balde hadn’t made a single La Liga look however signed a contract extension with a €500m launch clause. In what’s proving to be his breakthrough season, the fleet-footed fullback is explaining a few of that lofty billing.

CM: Pedri – A deluge of snow lower his trial at Real Madrid brief. Like Barcelona initially, Los Blancos turned down the spindly midfielder earlier than the Catalans took one other look.

CM: Sergio Busquets – Only two gamers – Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos – have made extra appearances in El Clasico than Busquets (43).

CM: Gavi – Last yr, Gavi grew to become the youngest starter for Barcelona in a league assembly with Real Madrid. Still simply 18 years younger, {the teenager} may very well be in line for an additional outing from the off.

RW: Raphinha – The Brazilian could also be a bit nervous about his maiden aggressive clasico however Raphinha truly scored in his first assembly with Real Madrid, rifling a long-range ripsnorter into the highest nook throughout a Las Vegas pleasant final summer season.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – No stranger to a hotly contested derby, Lewandowski boasted a sickening file of 27 targets in 26 Klassiker appearances for Bayern Munich.

LW: Ousmane Dembele – According to the Frenchman, throughout his first assembly with Lewandowski, his new teammate informed him: “You are going to offer me plenty of assists.” There have solely been two for the Pole thus far.

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