El Clasico 2017: Real Madrid to Play Barcelona at the Bernabeu
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 1:00
Luis Enrique. With Barcelona trailing league leaders Real by three points, the Barcelona manager heads into this fixture knowing only a win can reignite his chances of bidding farewell to the club on the back of a league and cup double.
Barcelona are expected to be without one of their key men despite the club going to extraordinary lengths to try and have Neymar's ban suspended. It's a problem that has afflicted Borussia Dortmund for years, not merely losing its best players but often losing them to its biggest rival.
It is about Barcelona coach Luis Enrique facing the team where he really made a name for himself during his playing career before switching allegiances and moving to Camp Nou.
Though opinions are just as strong that the man who truly deserves that title is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
It would enable Neymar to feature in this weekend's play against Real Madrid. "There are few players who can to do what Ronaldo has done and we all know that".
Bale picked up a calf injury in the first leg of Real's Champions League quarter-final meeting with Bayern Munich on 12 April, missing last Saturday's La Liga victory over Sporting Gijon and the return leg against the German champions on Wednesday. The Argentine will need to be at his brilliant best if Barca are to overcome Zinedine Zidane's in-form side.
"I'm preparing for the game with and without Neymar - the club are right to do what they're doing with the appeal".
Neymar is serving an extended ban after sarcastically applauding an assistant referee on his way down the tunnel having been sent off or two bookable offences during Barcelona's 2-0 defeat at Malaga.
That, combined with Real's modest tally of 10 clean sheets in 50 games points us in the direction of the "win and both teams to score" sub-market, where we can double the price on the hosts. He has sat out one game so far. "It's like a final for us and we have to go out and look for the win".
He scored more headed goals than anyone in Europe last season, still possesses electric pace and a deadly left foot.
It's Madrid's time; they have more resources off the bench and Barca no longer keep the ball in the way that has led them to so many recent wins at the Bernabeu.
Barca are coming off elimination to Juventus in the the Champions League.