LaLiga Santander In the absence of Messi and Ronaldo
It won't just be different Clasico since over the past ten years he was set up to face off without one of his key players Cristiano Ronaldo, joined by Lionel Messi who will not play through injury.
It will be a game in which all players will have to take their share of responsibility, as well as RealMadrid as Barcelona as they are accustomed to the fact that their star people are central.
More than any other players, the focus will be on Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez to come to the fore, and, fortunately, both usually feel good in Klasikos.
Suarez usually rises to the occasion in the big games, and so far he has scored six goals in the league against Madrid, two more than even Messi in the same number of games.
Obviously, a pair of Messi and Suarez was the main threat to Madrid, but this time the Uruguay itself will be due to a hand injury caused by Messi against Sevilla. He will be forbidden to lead the front, although many may talk about Coutinho, the reality is that he is still in some way from this role.
Suarez has already shown against Inter that he has the required leadership qualities. They will need his goals and help, and Suarez is not in the best condition in this department this season.
Clasico is a game in which strong characters are needed, and his experience will be as important as the game. Pique, Busquets and Rakite.
“Clasico is a classic, at the end of last season, we were already champions, and it was a game that played at a high pace,” said Suarez.
“This is always the case, and you don’t think about the mood of the other team when they arrive.”
Benzema also has a good reputation in these games. and Barcelona is one of his favorite opponents. He scored nine goals against them, and he has seven assists, only opponents of Malaga and Granada, where he received the best income.
Now the Frenchman has more pressure with the departure of Ronaldo, and after a promising start with four goals, he lost his way, although he looked better against Victoria Plzen.
He has now become the fourth champion in the Champions League after van Nistelroy overtakes, and he has only Ronaldo, Messi and Raul ahead.