A Classic this early could have led to a meeting with little at stake. However, circumstances have made it a critical match for both teams, and both FC Barcelona how Real Madrid they play a lot. A defeat of either of them can light the embers of the crisis, since neither one nor the other lives the desired peace.
A Classic without an audience
The atmosphere will be notably different from the last league Classic played at the Camp Nou. In December 2019 there was a duel marked by the independence protests, in a Barcelona besieged to avoid incidents.
The pandemic has left the fans out, so the Blaugrana will not have the encouragement of their own … or the pressure. Real Madrid will not experience, for the first time in many years, what it is to feel the sound of the whistles in their ears.
Initial eleven: do you bet on youth?
Few coaches would dare to risk in the lineup in a duel like the Clásico, but given how they arrive, it would not be out of the question at all.
Koeman already has the absence of his starting goalkeeper, Ter Stegen, due to injury, which forces him to put grandson. Seen the performance of Ansu Fati and Pedri in the Champions League (against Ferencvaros, which is not Sacchi’s Milan or 70’s Brazil), perhaps he dares to count on them from the start. In addition, the eternal doubt of Griezmann also places another unknown there.
On the side of Zinedine Zidane, the return of Sergio Ramos It guarantees him a place in the eleven, something that his partner Marcelo does not have much less. The Brazilian is leaving notes of an evident decline, and Mendy win integers. In the last Classic, Vinícius revolutionized the party. Will it leave the game? Will it be played with Jovic? Y Rodrygo?
Koeman vs. Zidane’s experience
For Ronald Koeman it will not be his first duel against Real Madrid, neither as a player nor as a coach, but it will be on the Barcelona bench. The Dutchman claimed to be motivated and expectant about the challenge, but the result of this meeting can come out very strong or very weak.
In front of him he will have a Zinedine Zidane who already has a callus from playing Classics, both on the pitch and on the band. The balance is more than positive: undefeated at the Camp Nou (two wins and three draws), and four wins, three draws and two losses in total.
Messi, Piqué … the social discontent of Barcelona
The duel against the maximum rival comes after a few very convulsive months in the social bosom of Barcelona. Leo messi he stayed reluctantly and although he seems to have recovered his usual state, he no longer smiles, but carries out his work with an official custom.
The interview to Gerard Piqué, published only a day before, has hinted at what was already sensed in the shadows: the dressing room is not, far from it, calm with its directive. Bartomeu is increasingly singled out and the motion of censure, just over a week away.
Infirmary or front door
Neither Madrid nor Barcelona arrive in a comfortable moment. Gone, it seems, are the years in which both arrived with the unbeaten band, and now they seem ‘human’.
A defeat, and above all the way it is produced, it can leave the project of either of the two very touched. The drums of dismissal are heard in the distance around Zidane, although he himself admits that this situation has already been experienced many times in the past.