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As predicted, Modric returned to midfield from the side that drew 0-0 with Shakhtar in midweek. Eden Hazard is out as Vinicius gets the nod. Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao and David Alaba replace Lucas Vazquez, Toni Rudiger and Nacho.

Jules Cunde is back in the lineup in place of Gerard Pique, who struggled in that fateful 3-3 draw against Inter in the Champions League. Frankie De Jong also returns in place of Gavi, while 18-year-old Alejandro Balde replaces Marcos Alonso.


Real Madrid XI: Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Chuameni, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Garcia, Kunde, Balde; De Jong, Pedri, Busquets; Dembele, Lewandowski, Rafinha


The first The El Clasico of the season and it’s a top-of-the-table clash. As usual, right? Well, not quite because Barcelona, ​​who are top of La Liga on goal difference, are staring into the Champions League abyss and need a domestic stage as a fig leaf for their European woes. Of course, this came after Barca tried to lift themselves with Kwasi-esque economy, using more leverage than The Fat Controller. Real Madrid sat back and were much more cautious. After recalling the dogs in the hunt for Kylian Mbappe, they are in the process of a partial rebuild, with Aurelien Chouameni in midfield and the likes of Luka Modric occasionally rested, although the last big man will be standing here.

It is also Robert Lewandowski’s first Clásico, where he will face Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, playing in his 42nd match, in a battle between the 34-year-olds, two of the best strikers of their generation. This match is always going to have that kind of star quality, and while this game may not have reached the level of “You know who’s up against him too” hype, it’s sure to feature plenty of storylines and hopefully plenty of good football.

Kicks off at 3.15pm UK time. Join me.


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