FC Barcelona will face Real Madrid this Saturday, October 24 at the Camp Nou, on the occasion of a seventh day of LaLiga Santander 2020-21 in which the Catalans want to prolong the good feelings of the Champions League with a good result against the eternal rival. In addition, Barça needs to add the three points after the last two league ‘punctures’ against Sevilla (1-1) and Getafe (1-0).
Those of Ronald Koeman want to leave behind the irregularities in the game, and the Dutch coach will turn to his best players to configure a 4-2-3-1 with the aim of sinking Real Madrid. Little by little, the best version of Barça is being seen, with the inclusion in the line-ups of new sap and young talents. A hypothetical win by Barça against the meringues would serve as a mood boost for the next matches.
With the absence due to injury of Ter Stegen, Umtiti and Matheus, Barça will configure an eleven of full guarantees in which the attack front will be made up of Leo Messi, Ansu Fati, Coutinho and Pedri, the surprising novelty. Ousmane Dembélé and Griezmann will stay on the bench, and we’ll see if they end up having minutes or not in the second half.
Although the main thing will be to secure the three points, Barcelona does not want to take their foot off the gas and hope to achieve another bulky victory that will serve to satisfy their ‘fans’, taking advantage of the fact that Real Madrid is in low hours. In the second half, some changes are expected that will depend on how the game goes.
The XI of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid XI of FC Barcelona: Net; Dest, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Coutinho, Pedri, Messi and Ansu Fati. Barça bench: I. Peña, S. Roberto, Aleñá, Araújo, Pjanic, Dembélé, Junior Griezmann, Trincao, Braithwaite, Riqui Puig and Arnau. XI of Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos; Asensio, Vinicius and Benzema.
The eleven of the Barça arrives with two novelties. On the defensive line, Sergiño Dest will finally play on the right side, with Piqué and Lenglet on the defensive axis and a Jordi Alba already recovered on the left side. Busquets and De Jong will complete a center of the field of containment, robbery and control, while the forward will be composed as we have already advanced by Messi, Ansu Fati, Coutinho and Pedri, the great surprise.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, will go to the Camp Nou to play with the ambition of creating difficulties and trying to fight for victory. Zidane’s men will not renounce anything and will capture an intense rhythm of play from the first minute, taking into account that they drag very bad results in the last League and Champions matches, and they urgently need a victory that will serve as an oxygen cylinder.