Expected XIs Barcelona-Real Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti matches up to Xavi Hernandez’s system

There is much excitement across the world as El Clasico finally rolls around for this season’s fourth instalment. Barcelona and Real Madrid will face off at the Spotify Camp Nou on Sunday evening, with both desperate for three points.

It could be a pivotal fixture in the La Liga title race, with Barca currently nine points clear. A victory puts one hand on the trophy, while a win for Real Madrid closes the gap to six points ahead of the international break.

In terms of tactics and line-ups, there are no great surprises expected. Xavi Hernandez is set to make two changes from last Sunday’s hard fought victory over Athletic Club, according to Marca, with Ronald Araujo and Franck Kessie to come in for Sergi Roberto and Ferran Torres.

Barcelona will line up in their four midfielder system, and Carlo Ancelotti is also expected to utilise a similar idea for El Clasico, as Sport believe he will name an unchanged side from Wednesday’s win against Liverpool. That will see Federico Valverde continue to play further forward, while Eduardo Camavinga will remain as the holding midfielder.


It promises to be another thrilling match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and expect no one to hold back on Sunday evening as both target a crucial victory in La Liga.

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