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

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

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The first The El Clasico of the season, and it’s a top of the table clash. As per usual, right? Well, not exactly since Barcelona, top of La Liga on goal difference, are staring down a Champions League abyss and need the domestic scene as a fig leaf for their European problems. That came, of course, after Barça attempted to raise themselves with some Kwasi-style economics, pulling more levers than The Fat Controller. Real Madrid have sat back and been far more circumspect. Having called off the dogs in the Kylian Mbappé hunt, they are in the process of a partial rebuild, with Aurelien Tchouameni in the midfield, and the likes of Luka Modric rested on occasion, though the latter great man will be lining up here.

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It’s also Robert Lewandowski’s first Clasico, where he will face Ballon d’Or elect Karim Benzema, playing in his 42nd, battle of 34-year-olds, the two best strikers of their generation. This fixture will always possess such star quality, and though this game may not have hit the hype levels of You Know Who v Him Too it’s sure to throw up storylines aplenty, and hopefully lots of good football.

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The kick-off is 3.15pm UK time. Join me.

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Key occasions

In purpose for Madrid is Andriy Lunin, the Ukrainian, who has changed Thibaut Courtois, who hasn’t recovered from the again damage that’s stored him from enjoying within the closing 4 suits.

The groups by way of social media.

📋✅ Our #ElClásico beginning 𝗫𝗜! 👊 %.twitter.com/9dePCKwbv9

— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 16, 2022

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🚨 BARÇA XI 🚨#ElClásico %.twitter.com/fgIDOQCuLY

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 16, 2022

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There they’re, the boys. The Super League lads.

🤝 Florentino Pérez y Joan Laporta presidieron el almuerzo oficial que se celebró antes del Clásico.#RealMadrid %.twitter.com/u7nEblON9n

— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 16, 2022

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Sponsorship information right here, according to Reuters.

Barcelona will game the owl emblem of Drake’s OVO Sound label on their jerseys as an alternative of primary sponsors Spotify after they tackle Real Madrid on Sunday to mark the Canadian rapper surpassing 50 billion streams at the song platform. Barcelona, who have been some of the closing main golf equipment and not using a blouse sponsor, mentioned the transfer used to be a part of their efforts to carry soccer and song in combination. Four-times Grammy award winner Drake posted a picture of the limited-edition jersey on Instagram to his greater than 120 million fans. Barça lead La Liga on purpose distinction forward of Real Madrid.

Well finished, Drake, on trousering the £22.50 approx you get for fifty billion streams….Don’t spend it abruptly, mate.

Robert Smithson, most likely lacking my somewhat deficient shaggy dog story, admits to pedantry: “If we’re being pedantic about the use of definite articles in Spanish and English, it would be “The first Clasico of the season”. If we’re extending pedantry to diacritics, it will be “The first Clásico of the season”. Apologies.”

(The shaggy dog story being that individuals name it The El Clasico like The MLS. Jokes that experience to defined are useless jokes so smartly finished, Robert, for making me really feel so small. He’s proper, in fact. )

Sid Lowe, who will likely be our guy in Madrid later, spoke to Luis Figo, any person who embodies the morbo of this endless contention.

I had the whole lot in Barcelona, however you suppose: ‘It’s no longer like I’m going to a second-rate membership.’ If it hadn’t been Madrid, possibly I wouldn’t have long past. It’s a problem, a choice in keeping with feeling valued, convincing me I used to be going to be an especially vital piece. It can have been a cagada, a cock-up, nevertheless it wasn’t, thank God.

The Netflix documentary continues to be smartly value an eye.

What do those groups imply?

As predicted, Modric is again into midfield from the crew that drew 0-0 with Shakhtar in midweek. Eden Hazard drops out as Vinicius will get the nod. Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao and David Alaba are available for Lucas Vazquez, Toni Rudiger and Nacho.

Jules Kounde is again within the line-up instead of Gerard Pique who struggled in that fateful 3-3 with in opposition to Inter within the Champions League. Frenkie De Jong additionally returns is in instead of Gavi whilst 18-year-old Alejandro Balde replaces Marcos Alonso.

The groups

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

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

Preamble

The first The El Clasico of the season, and it’s a most sensible of the desk conflict. As according to same old, proper? Well, no longer precisely since Barcelona, most sensible of La Liga on purpose distinction, are staring down a Champions League abyss and wish the home scene as a fig leaf for his or her European issues. That got here, in fact, after Barça tried to boost themselves with some Kwasi-style economics, pulling extra levers than The Fat Controller. Real Madrid have sat again and been way more circumspect. Having referred to as off the canine within the Kylian Mbappé hunt, they’re within the means of a partial rebuild, with Aurelien Tchouameni within the midfield, and the likes of Luka Modric rested every so often, regardless that the latter nice guy will likely be lining up right here.

It’s additionally Robert Lewandowski’s first Clasico, the place he’ll face Ballon d’Or elect Karim Benzema, enjoying in his forty second, combat of 34-year-olds, the 2 easiest strikers in their technology. This fixture will at all times possess such megastar high quality, and regardless that this recreation would possibly not have hit the hype ranges of You Know Who v Him Too it’s certain to throw up storylines aplenty, and confidently numerous just right soccer.

The kick-off is 3.15pm UK time. Join me.

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