The Spanish classic that will be played from 11 in Argentina has different details to the previous 180 played by LaLiga.
Barcelona and Real Madrid will play this Saturday, October 24, from 11am in Argentina, the 181st Spanish classic in LaLiga history, which celebrates 90 seasons since its creation in 1928 and was only interrupted between 1936 and 1939 due to the War Spanish civil.
From the hand of Lionel Messi, Barsa will receive the champion at the Camp Nou for the seventh date of the local championship, which takes place amid the new normality conditioned by the coronavirus pandemic. Because this classic looks like none of the 180 that were played in the First Division. This implies, among other things, that It will be the first confrontation between the two without an audience in the stands.
LaLiga launched a set of audiovisual innovations that offer the best possible experience to the millions of fans around the world who they will follow the game through a screen. In Argentina it can be seen live on the Channel 116 of Cablevisión Flow and for the 610/1610 HD de DirecTV, in addition to DirecTV Go.
“There will be new graphics and statistics during the match, thanks to artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Also present will be aerial cameras and the popular Replay 360 ° system, which allows you to see key plays of the game at 360 degrees, thanks to 38 cameras in the stadium. In addition, improvements were made to virtual audio ”, he explained Marc Tarradas, LaLiga delegate in the Southern Cone of the American continent, through a press conference through Zoom, in which he participated Clarion.
Among the novelties of the game, there is also the schedule, since it will be played five hours earlier than usual. Is that, as confirmed by Tarradas, it will be “the first classic to be programmed to benefit Asian time”, in order to “cover as much territory as possible”. In China, for example, teams will take to the pitch at 7:00 p.m., while in India it will be 4:30 p.m.
As for football, neither team is at their best. On the last date of LaLiga, the Merengue fell defeated before the newly promoted Cádiz 1-0 at Alfredo Di Stéfano, while the Blaugrana team lost by the same result against Getafe. Thus, Real Madrid is in third place in the standings with 10 points and Barcelona is in the ninth place, with seven units.
The team led by Zinedine Zidane had a bad debut in the Champions League (Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine won 3-2) and an incredible positive streak ended: they had started at home 12 times in the history of the European tournament and had won All of them. Meanwhile, Barça beat Ferencváros in Budapest, Hungary, 5-1.
However, both in Spain and anywhere in the world, the classics are special matches and the present of each team matters little.
In search of the three points, Messi, top scorer in the history of the classics (18 goals for LaLiga and 26 in total), and the experienced defender Gerard Piqué will be the benchmarks of a Barcelona that is undergoing reconstruction since the arrival of the new coach: Ronald Koeman.
Real Madrid will be supported by two of the greatest figures in its squad: Sergio Ramos, the defender with the most goals in LaLiga history and the player who played the most classics (44), and Karim Benzema, who started each of the classics since he arrived at the club in 2009 and whose role in the team became of vital importance after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, in July 2018.
The youngest members of each team will also have the possibility of being the protagonists of one of the most exciting duels on the planet. Brazilians Rodrygo Goes, 19 years old, and Vinicius Jr (20) will wear the Real Madrid shirt, while the great promise Ansu Fati (17) and the newly incorporated Sergiño Dest (19) will do it in Barcelona.
The confrontation will also be lived in the bench of the substitutes, between Zidane and Koeman. The Frenchman, former soccer player and legend of the White House, has established himself in his figure as technical director and has a curriculum that supports him: two local championships (2017 and 2020) and three consecutive Champions League (2016-2018).
For his part, the brand new coach born in the Netherlands must revalidate the great mark he left on the Catalan team after his time as a player. Between 1989 and 1995 he scored 102 goals and won four First Division championships, three Spanish Super Cups, a King’s Cup, a Champions League and a European Super Cup.
A curiosity: both teams arrive with 288 goals converted into the history of the classics by LaLiga. Regarding the history in the local tournament, Real Madrid accumulates 73 victories and maintains a tiny advantage over Barcelona’s 72. There were 35 ties.
Messi will step on the Camp Nou pitch in search of breaking a strange negative streak: until this Friday, he has not scored a goal for Real Madrid for two years, five months and 17 days. The last one was on May 6, 2018, in a classic that ended 2-2.
After that tie, Leo he played five, of which he won three, tied one and lost another. But he did not scream his own goals. They are 440 minutes without scoring and he has not scored a goal against his historic rival since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. Another piece of information for this Barcelona-Real Madrid to be very special. Only.