Barcelona will receive the visit of Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday, in a match within the 26th round of LaLiga. Xavi Hernandez prefaced the duel with “los blancos”.
Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona, El ClasicoPhoto: Christopher Trim / AP / Profimedia
Barcelona – Real Madrid, the match that can give the Catalans a reassuring lead in LaLiga
With a 9-point lead over Real Madrid, Barcelona also enjoyed a rest week.
Real Madrid played the second leg of the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool (1-0), and wear and tear may be an important factor in Sunday night’s clash.
At the press conference before the match with rival Real Madrid, the Catalan coach spoke about the importance of a victory with “los blancos”, but also about the possibility of Pedri starting in the duel at Camp Nou.
“We will try to have control of the ball. We want to be better than in the Copa del Rey match. Real Madrid have been doing very well lately.
I think the chances are 50-50. We have our fans and they will support us, but I think tomorrow’s game is 50% for both teams.
If we win tomorrow, it will be a very important victory. However, the championship will certainly not be decided.
These are matches where you have to be at 100%. If the feelings are not good, there is no need to impose anything. It’s not a final game and there are 12 games left, it’s not decisive. We don’t want to lose Pedri for another two months.
We are lucky to have Kounde and Araujo, both of them can adapt to different positions. Depending on the opposing player, we will see where we can get the best return. It’s great that we can switch positions like that.” – said the Barcelona technician.
These days, Robert Lewandowski also had a message for the management of Barcelona, considering the fact that this is the second season in a row that the Catalans have yet to exit the Champions League group stage.
Barcelona – Real Madrid is scheduled for March 19 at 10 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Digi Sport 1, Orange Sport and Prima Sport 1.