Ronald Koeman hoping for a full house for El Clasico on Sunday afternoon

Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon in El Clasico, the most iconic fixture in the European game. Both sides are living different moments.

Madrid are under the command of Carlo Ancelotti, and sit third in La Liga, three points behind league leaders Real Sociedad and one behind second-placed Osasuna. They’re second in Champions League Group D, level on points with leaders Sheriff.

Gerard Pique of Barcelona

Ronald Koeman is in charge of Barcelona. They’re seventh in La Liga, two points off Sevilla and a Champions League place and five off La Real. In Europe, the Catalan club are third in Champions League Group E, six points off the pace-setters, Bayern Munich, and one behind second-placed Benfica.

El Clasico has undoubtedly lost some of its sheen following the departure from La Liga of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, two iconic personalities of Spanish football. But there’s still plenty on the line and an intriguing contest awaits.

“Good possession, looking for depth,” Koeman said when asked what he was looking for in his pre-match press conference according to Marca. “I don’t think many opportunities will be created. It will be a matter of being effective. Each player has to get the best out of themselves for a game like tomorrow.

Vinicius Jr of Real Madrid

“To know [El Clasico], you have to play it, We have enough who have already experienced these games to help [the debutants]. It’s to enjoy a pleasant environment. Play with personality and do your job. [The game] is important, especially for ourselves. It gives us confidence. The players work hard every day to win games and improve things. It’s an important game that we want to win. That has to be shown [on the pitch].

“We’ve won two games [this week]. It’s a good feeling, and it’s a great game that we have ahead of us. We’re very excited to play. Hopefully we will have a full stadium, or almost a full stadium, with a great atmosphere.”

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