This is the sport all of Spain is ready for. And virtually all of Europe too. Barcelona-Real Madrid, it’s all the time the promise of an awesome spectacle, of an ancestral rivalry, and of an unbelievable variety of stars per m². There is inevitably slightly nostalgia too, since will probably be the primary Clásico because the departures of the emblematic captains of earlier than, Messi and Ramos …
“You miss only one being, and everything is depopulated”. Unfortunately for FC Barcelona, the well-known saying appears effectively based, the Catalan membership experiencing plenty of difficulties because the begin of the season, and the departure of its star, Lionel Messi, gone to PSG (in case you aren’t conscious) . At the identical time, shedding among the best gamers of all time for a soccer workforce is a bit like taking the home windows out of our houses for us. Immediately, the evenings are cooler. So Barça should rebuild, with the little prodigies from the membership’s coaching, like Ansu Fati (the brand new quantity 10), Pedri (who will need to have performed one thing like 730 matches this yr), and the brand new revelation, Gavi. And to lay stable foundations, whereas reviving within the course of, what higher than an excellent previous Clásico Barcelona-Real Madrid, to follow this Sunday, October 24 at 4:15 p.m., reside on beIN SPORTS.
Moreover, on nearer inspection, the scenario for Barça shouldn’t be so catastrophic: seventh within the standings, the Catalans nonetheless have 15 factors on the clock, solely 2 lower than their nice rival Madrid, 2nd with 17 factors. In the occasion of victory, the well-known disaster evoked because the resumption for FC Barcelona may finally not be as critical as anticipated. And above all, the teammates of the historic Busquets, Piqué and Jordi Alba would return to Real de Benzema, Modric and Kroos. Messi and Sergio Ramos could have left to play at PSG (well, only Messi is playing for the moment), there are still stars in the four corners of the field. Which, contrary to popular belief, is not wider than the others. Indeed, until 1998, the lawn of the Barcelona stadium was the largest in Spain, measuring 110 meters long and 72 meters wide. But work has been undertaken to increase it to 105 meters long and 68 meters wide, the standard imposed by UEFA. So much for the geometry and gardening minute.
Barcelona, life without Messi
But if the lawn is ultimately not that wide, the infirmary still seems to be so wide, on the other hand. While Barça can finally count on its flagship recruit of the summer (with Depay, anyway), Kun Agüero, we are announcing 3 notable absentees for this Clásico: Pedri, Araujo and Dembelé. The Frenchman is also unavailable since the start of the season. It will therefore once again be necessary to count on the youth, embodied by Ansu Fati and Gavi, who undoubtedly dream of following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi. But there is still a very long way to go to get his records in the Clásico:
It is therefore a small page of history that will be turned, with the absence of the greatest hero in the history of Clásico. But if there are many people who will not regret it too much, it is the Madrilenians, players and supporters. Remaining on a draw and a defeat in La Liga, the players of the returning Carlo Ancelotti have just gone to stick an impressive manita in the Champions League on the lawn of Shakhtar Donetsk, winning 5-0 in Ukraine. What to fill up with confidence, before going to Barcelona to challenge the sworn enemy. Moreover, Benzema admitted that this first Clásico without Messi certainly did not risk giving him a feeling of nostalgia:
The tone is set, the appointment too: Barcelona-Real Madrid, to follow this Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. on beIN SPORTS, available as an option at SFR. And besides to follow up on another big shock on the same channel, know that at 8:45 p.m., there will be Inter Milan-Juventus Turin in Italy. Yes, it’s a huge classic weekend in Europe, as Manchester United – Liverpool are also being played on that same Sunday (at 5.30 p.m. on RMC Sport), and naturally Marseille-PSG (at 8:45 p.m. on Amazon Prime Video). We may have to make selections, or reach zapping on the proper occasions …