Re: RM Barca El Classico is TOMORROW
Besides, the 1st-Leg defeats of both Clubs, the psychological factor, the in-between days of rest and home-away factor - there's one thing that'll be interesting is how Pep and Mou will play their line-ups.
Let's face it, if both clubs had already secured a splendor lead in their CL match, we could have seen a real-culminating battle for this year's throne of La Liga. But, here we have 2 teams which needs to fight for both CL and Liga titles.
I doubt, both teams would play their best teams but oh well, there's so much history in this match and so much at stake that they can't play a B-Team either.
Here's my take on both teams' lineup:
Puyol will most likely be benched for Chelsea's match. Pique will most likely replace him. And 1 (or maybe 2 players) from the trio Iniesta-Fabregas-Sanchez will most likely be benched. Messi will obviously play. Xavi was taken out on Wednesday; especially for the Classico. I don't see Busquets or Alves on the bench but they may not play the whole match if Barca are in the lead.
As for Madrid, Marcelo will most likely play this time. Their central defence most likely won't budge but in case they are in the lead or in case 1 of them is on the brink of red card, we might see a substitution. Khedira played the whole match; so I think Kaka will play this time. Just like Xavi, Ozil did not play the whole match against Munich, so expect Real's playmaker to be on the field. And like Messi, Ronaldo obviously will play. Di Maria will play (except if Kaka plays in his place instead of Khedira) but I don't think he'll play the whole match either way. Between Benzema and Higuain, well, 1 of them will play around 60 minutes and the other will replace him for last 30 minutes. My bet is on Benzema.
As you see, both teams will most likely have 2-3 players from their Primary Team on the bench. It's no 4 consecutive Classicos like last year but nonetheless, it's once again too close of the CL Semi-Finals. This kinda force tactical change. Last year, Madrid managed to win one crucial Classico (the Copa Del Rey) thanks to the dates clash. It won't surprise me if they manage to clinch Liga this time thanks to that.
I bet on a 2-2 draw.