Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Real Madrid round-up: tactics, pre-game plans, Courtois and Modric

Leo Messi Leo Messi
| 28 October, 2018, 08:30

If we wanted to get through the group we had to do what we did in the first two games, so we're in a good position.

Two more Madrid defeats followed to leave Lopetegui on the brink while Barca have taken 10 points from 12 and are top of the table.

Meanwhile the game Camp Nou will be one of the most groundbreaking televised sporting events of 2018, on a par with other global events, such as the Super Bowl, in terms of the use of innovative technology to provide viewers from all over the world with the most immersive experience possible.

Ernesto Valverde's side have failed to convince in LaLiga this season and failed to register a win in their four games before last weekend's victory over Sevilla.

El Clasico will take on a new flavor on Sunday when Barcelona and Real Madrid meet for the 238th competitive edition of Spanish soccer's showpiece derby. "We focus on the rival, of course, but on what they can do". He looks set to play a similar system on Sunday but they still have to train on Saturday with, potentially, more clues to emerge as to what he is thinking.

Then Messi blew away Tottenham at Wmbley and, a day later, Madrid lost 1-0 to CSKA Moscow, lacking the snap and spark Ronaldo once provided and that Messi had given the night before. "It includes lies that harm me as a professional and I expect a rectification as I ponder taking legal action".


Barcelona will also be without Lionel Messi, who is mending a broken right forearm.

"We know what Madrid are like, they are more risky when they are wounded", said Valverde at a press conference on the eve of the game.

"We have important matches and we are excited to play them, even without Leo, as we will miss him". "We have to be recognisable in the way we play, keeping the ball". We have to keep doing that, in defence and in attack.

Club captain Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Toni Kroos have all publicly backed their coach in recent weeks, and Lopetegui said he did not think his players had anything else in mind at the moment but performing at their best in the Clasico.

"We want to do well".

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