Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live Stream Online: El Clasico Team News, live stream info, TV channel: How to watch El Clasico on TV, stream online
Real Madrid vs Barcelona in La Liga is set for this Saturday, as Cristiano Ronaldo battles Lionel Messi once more at the Santiago Bernabeu. There’s plenty on the line, with Barca looking to keep its big lead atop the table, while Real hopes it can get back into the title conversation with three points.
The match will be aired on beIN Sports and beIN Sports in Spanish, which is available through streaming service fuboTV. Here’s how to watch: In the wonderful world of club football there are few games that mean more to a group of people then Real Madrid playing Barcelona. For the first time in La Liga play this season, El Classico is here.
In this iteration of El Classico the game means much more in the scheme of things to one side then it does to the other side. Real Madrid are in a difficult situation when it comes to their current standing in La Liga. They’re currently 11 points behind their rivals, and playing them at home make this game a necessity for Los Blancos.
Anything less than three points would be a disappointment for Real and make things all the more difficult when it comes to their attempt at climbing back towards the top of the Spanish top flight.
When it comes to tactics both sides are looking like they’ll deploy a similar variation of a 4-4-2 system, at least on paper. Real Madrid are looking like they’ll play a 4-4-2 or some variation of it with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema sitting up top. The iteration could come with Isco playing a more role where he has more freedom in the midfield behind the two attackers.
Sergio Ramos said it best when he said: “It’s a really big game, no words can do it justice. It’s a different sort of match. It’s the most important one in world football, and given the points difference ahead of kick-off, we’ve got to win it to keep ourselves in the hunt in La Liga.”
This game holds with it massive implications for both sides. An El Classico is always fun, but a Classico that holds with it implications of this nature is all the more enjoyable.
Projected starting XI:
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM EL CLASICO
Time: 13:00 CET, 07:00am EST, 04:00 am Pacific.
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.
Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Sky Sports Football (UK), Canal+ Partidazo (Spain).
Available Streaming: BeIN Sports (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream).
Prediction: Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo x2) – Barcelona 2 (Messi, Suarez)
Yes, it’s still not even Christmas yet and so perhaps it is folly to already be talking about silverware, but even taking into account Real Madrid’s game in hand, if they were to lose against their eternal rivals, that would put them at least 11 points behind, 14 as the table would stand post-match.
Simply put, Zinedine Zidane can’t afford for that to happen because no team in Spanish top flight history has ever lifted the trophy when being so far behind.
The Frenchman will be applying the same logic to this game as he has for every final that he’s presided over since taking the hot-seat in January 2016.
Make no mistake, this is also a ‘final’ for Real Madrid, and the club have been talking in those terms in the lead up to the match.
Though they are unbeaten in their last 10 in all competitions, and come into this game on the back of their second successive Club World Cup win, the way in which Real have struggled during various parts of this campaign has meant that they’ve not really hit the heights expected of such a world class XI.
Indeed, they’ve only managed four clean sheets at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the league this season, and the first three of those were against teams that were struggling at the wrong end of the table (Espanyol, Eibar and Las Palmas).
The last LaLiga game at the venue, against Sevilla, was much more like the Los Blancos we have come to know and love under the Frenchman’s tutelage, and it’s that type of swashbuckling fare that the locals will demand once more.
Despite the ungodly hour – a first-ever 13.00 CET kick off for this fixture – the stadium will be packed to the rafters, with an expectation that the level of performance on the pitch will match the fervour in the stands.
In the not too distant past, Zidane, Sergio Ramos and Florentino Perez pleaded with the faithful to get behind the team, as opposed to booing and whistling, because the hostility often transmits to the players.
Four of the last six El Clasico’s at the Santiago Bernabeu have been won by Barcelona, so full backing from the Madridistas is essential.
Should Lionel Messi be on song and perhaps even extend his all-time scoring record (24) in this fixture, another blaugrana victory could be on the cards.