The Spotify Camp Nou will be the scene of a Classic with decisive overtones in the fight for LaLiga and will decide if the battle continues or Barcelona extends its leadership before a Real Madrid who craves a win to fuel the championship.
After the suffered victory, 0-1, against Athletic Bilbao, the culés face the duel with a comfortable nine-point lead on the white box, who only thinks of victory to get closer to the table and feed the dream of a comeback.
In this 2023, those led by Xavi Hernandez they have gotten used to winning the eternal rival.
Two classics have been played this year and both ended with Barça victories. The first, in the Final of the Spanish Super Cup1-3, and the second, 0-1, in the first leg of the Semifinals of the Copa del Rey.
In the third episode of 2023 between the blaugranas and the whites, the leader of LaLiga arrives with a somewhat empty fuel tank.
The absence of Pedro, its engine in the middle of the field, has left Barca without light in the engine room. Everything indicated that the canary would enter the call, but he ended the penultimate training session with bad feelings and left the call.
With the confirmed casualties of Pedri and Ousmane DembéléAll that remains is to know if Xavi is committed to playing with four midfielders, with Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Gavi, occupying the left wing, or if he dares to play with three wingers.
Real Madrid has no choice but to respond with a win. Victim of his own mistakes, with two losses and three draws so far this year, and the regularity of his eternal rival, he must add three points to return the emotion to the fight for the title and not see it sentenced with more than two calendar months still.
The Merengue team emerged victorious from their last two league visits to the Camp Nou and must forget the lack of hunger shown in the Clásico of the Spanish Super Cup and the impotence after the last confrontation, in the Copa del Rey, when they were unable to score a goal to a Barcelona with casualties of the utmost importance.
It is your challenge, to break the wall that is Ter Stegenwho with their best version under the sticks, Barca have only conceded eight goals in 25 LaLiga games.
A challenge for Karim Benzemawho arrives in time to play after overcoming a blow suffered against him Liverpoolin a match in which despite scoring the winning goal, he looked physically bad.
(With information from EFE)