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El Classico Preview : Real Madrid vs Barcelona

The second El Clasico of the season will kick off today as Barcelona look to idolize the dead Johan Cryuff as Real Madrid target revenge.


MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 23: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring his team's third goal as Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks dejected during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu on March 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff died late in March during the international break and Barcelona would want to immortalize the man who made them believe they could compete with Madrid again.

Barcelona has won four of the last five league games against Real Madrid, including the last two at the Camp Nou.

Recall that the Catalans won earlier this season in a 4-0 rout at the Santiago Bernabeu during Rafa Benitez time in charge.

Madrid hasn’t won at the rival’s venue since a 3-1 result in the semifinals of the 2013 Copa del Rey, when Jose Mourinho was still in charge.

The last time Madrid won at Barcelona in the Spanish league was in the 2011-12 season, when it won the La Liga for the last time.

Saturday will mark the first duel between Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique as coaches with the two players one of the best in the world when they played in 2003.

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Zidane and Luis Enrique in an El Clasico match during their playing days

The former players almost got into a fight after a foul by Zidane.

Raphael Varane misses out for Madrid while Jeremy Mathieu misses out for Barcelona

Form coming into the match:

Barcelona: WWWWWD

Real Madrid: LWWWWW

Expected line-ups:

Barcelona: Bravo, Dani Alves, Masherano, Pique, Jordi Alba, Busquests, Rakitic, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo


Leke clement a senior associate in lekkies media Inc. A blogger, lover of fashion, entertainment and news.

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