Clasico the ground between Barcelona’s crisis and Benzema’s lost identity
The whole world is waiting for the “Clasico of the Earth” showdown between Real Madrid and Barcelona tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in a heated confrontation between the two giants of Spanish football.
The eyes of the fans of the world are turned to the confrontation in which the two teams will dispute the lead occupied by Parsa on goal difference.
The challenge for Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is to exploit the defensive weakness that Barcelona has shown in Europe, unlike in the domestic competition.
Real Madrid is running with stability thanks to the historical results and returns achieved last season, which allow minimizing the consequences of any faltering performance.
The cessation of international benefits did not go unnoticed for the two teams, as real’s winning streak was broken with a draw against Osasuna, and the team almost lost to the Ukrainian Shakhtar, but nevertheless decided its qualification to the final price with the bloody goal of the Savior Antonio Rudiger.
Real Madrid have made their best league start in the last 11 years and arrive refreshed to the big date following the rotations made by Ancelotti, who is looking for solutions to remedy the lack of decisiveness from his team.
The identity of Benzema
Real Madrid needs the real identity of Karim Benzema, who scored six fewer goals compared to his figures in the same period last season and has not even beaten the net for 390 minutes.
Benzema, who all the predictions indicate that he will be crowned with his first Golden Ball, will not find a better date than the Clasico to restore his scoring sense.
Ancelotti rested Vinicius in the last Shakhtar match for the first time in the season and did not push him mainly to make sure that he would arrive refreshed to the expected date.
The coach will make his decision on who will complete the attacking trio according to the tactical idea with which he will play.
Perhaps Ancelotti will not resort too much to innovation, especially since his team lost the last Clasico with a clean quad when he did this and played Croatian Luka Modric as a dummy striker, and the match ended with Casemiro playing as a center back.
In this way, the closest option would be to turn to Fede Valverde as a third striker and a fourth midfielder in the defensive phase.
This will mean that Rodrigo will sit on the bench after six consecutive matches in which he participated mainly. If the opposite happens and he participates, it will mean that Modric or Toni Kroos will sit on the bench, which is out of the question.
A terrible test
The Clasico will be a terrible test for goalkeeper Andrey Lunin, who will play the biggest match of his career due to an injury to Belgian Thibaut Courtois, the keeper of the real lair.
Courtois represents a great strength for Real Madrid with his miraculous saves at crucial moments.
Real have a defensive problem because only once have they not been beaten in eight rounds in La Liga.
However, Real will most likely play with its traditional defense consisting of Militao and Alaba to face the Polish Robert Lewandowski. And he will not risk pushing Rudiger, who was treated with twenty stitches in his forehead from his last injury against Shakhtar.
The worst time!
In the Clasico, Parsa returns to the competition where he gives his best performance this season after a three-goal draw with Inter in the Champions League, which means that he is out of the competition by a large percentage.
Barca are playing at the worst time this season, although the numbers and results locally say the opposite, they are the leaders and the owner of the strongest attack (20) and the strongest defense (1), but the impressions are the worst since the last period of international eligibility.
And this is because the team beat both Mallorca and Celta with only a clean goal, painstakingly and with a wobbly performance in which Luck smiled at him.
Football measured Barca in his two confrontations with Inter, as he lost the first match at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium with a clean goal after an arbitration controversy and tied with three goals for the same after a crazy match at the Camp Nou.
Parsa’s low level coincided with the epidemic of injuries that hit his defense.
The absence of Jules Conde, Roland Araujo and Andreas Christensen from recent matches forced coach Xavi Hernandez to play Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia, and even use Marcos Alonso as an emergency solution in the axis of Defense.
Xavi may push Conde at the Bernabeu, but it is not known whether he will risk him from the start of the match because he has not played a minute since September 23, when he was injured with the national team.
In the absence of Araujo, vincesos can play as much as he wants in this corridor, but the most suitable alternative is to put the fast back Alejandro Balde on the right side, in which he previously played during his time at Celta Vigo.
Lewandowski will make his first Clasico in attack after scoring two goals against Inter, and after leading the La Liga scorers with nine goals.
Xavi will have to decide whether to bet on Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha as wingers.
Unlike Christensen and Araujo, Barca are suffering from the absence of Ector Pierin and Memphis Depay through injury.
Real Madrid: Lunin, Carbajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, ciamini, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema.
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Balde, Conde, Eric Garcia, Marcos Alonso, Busquets, de Jong, pedrey, Dembele, Lewandowski, Ferran Torres.
Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.