Predicted Barcelona Line-up To Face Real Madrid In La Liga
The countdown to the El Clasico is on and Barcelona will have a chance to polish their credentials with a win over arch-rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.
Barcelona have all the possibility of becoming invincibles with four games remaining. They have been ruthless and relentless this season as Ernesto Valverde has fine-tuned his style of play which has brought top results.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have struggled domestically but have reached the Champions League final by beating Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Zinedine Zidane will hope his boys end Barcelona’s unbeaten run in the league this season as we all await a feisty El Clasico battle on Sunday.
Probable Barcelona XI
Manager: Ernesto Valverde
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK)
One of the best goalkeepers in Europe, Ter Stegen has improved leaps and bounds this season and will look to continue his good form.
The young Portuguese is one of the exciting prospects in world football. Fast and energetic, Semedo will have a big task on his sleeves at the weekend.
Gerard Pique (CB)
Pique is one of the best centre-backs in the world and has been solid for Barcelona all season. He will need to be at his best to keep Ronaldo and co. at bay.
Samuel Umtiti (CB)
Umtiti has been a rock at the back for the Catalan giants this season. With Pique, the Frenchman has formed a top partnership at the heart of the defence. His rise has been one of the main reasons why Barcelona have gone unbeaten in the league so far.
Jordi Alba (LB)
One player who has improved massively under Valverde is Jordi Alba. He has been an exciting full-back throughout the season, attacking with intent and defending with equal gusto. It has been a delight to watch Alba, who has also netted few goals this campaign.
Sergio Busquets (CM)
One of the world’s best defensive midfielders, Busquets is a definite starter against Real Madrid. He sits in the middle of the park and breaks up the opposition’s play, allowing the attackers in the team to focus on their job.
Ivan Rakitic (CM)
Rakitic’s importance to Barcelona and Valverde just cannot be explained easily. The Croat is a diligent performer and has the uncanny ability to pick out players with his passing and crossing abilities.
Philippe Coutinho (LW)
Coutinho might take time to adjust to the demands of La Liga but he is a real deal for Barcelona. With creativity and an eye for goal, the Brazilian will be keen on delivering the goods in the El Clasico.
Ousmane Dembele (RW)
Since coming back from injury, Dembele has been rusty and largely ineffective. However, he remains a vital cog in Barcelona’s machine and is expected to be deployed in the same role on Sunday.
Lionel Messi (ST)
Arguably the best player in the world, Messi can win games single-handedly. He has time and again proved that and will be on a mission to hunt down his club’s traditional rivals to earn the bragging rights.
Luis Suarez (ST)
One of the most lethal strikers in football, Suarez would be a big threat for the Real Madrid defenders. He is a predator in the box and his intelligent movement makes him such a difficult player to mark.