El Clasico: What will we miss without Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo

El Clasico: What will we miss without Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo

El Clasico: What will we miss without Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo

Coach Ernesto Valverde must take much of the credit for the win: the Barca boss had said in his pre-game press conference that no one player could replace Messi and that the whole team would have to take on the responsibility.

Barcelona have failed to win the last three Clasicos at Camp Nou, and played out a 2-2 draw with Madrid towards the end of last season.

Lopetegui said Messi's absence was not a big factor in his preparations for the game.

However the Portuguese left for Juventus in July after nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu and Messi fractured a bone in his right arm last weekend against Sevilla, so neither can appear at Camp Nou on Sunday.

"Real Madrid remain a top team, either with or without Cristiano".

Barcelona coach Ernestro Valverde refused to give away his plans to cover for the loss of the injured Lionel Messi when his side face Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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However, the victory has been soured somewhat by rumours coming out of Spain that have suggested Barcelona's talisman, Messi, is keen for the Catalan giants to make Salah their No. 1 target.

The Brazilian left Barcelona to get out Messi's shadow and can be found sulking in Paris, while Bale's constant injuries have stopped him from reaching his peak at Madrid. Madrid are in need of a win to move forwards. On the Real Madrid side, it's likely Isco or Marco Asensio, but because Barcelona is in a good moment, expect something huge from somebody like Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele.

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Barca have been accused of "Messidependencia", an over-reliance on the Argentinian, who inspired them to a 4-2 victory over Tottenham in their last Champions League outing.

"And some others will come and then leave". You will be able to watch all the action and build up to El Clasico on Sunday the 28th of October with beIN SPORTS CONNECT. "We have to be recognisable in the way we play, keeping the ball". On Saturday, Athletic Bilbao host fellow surprise strugglers Valencia, while Real Sociedad visit Atletico Madrid in the day's late kick-off.

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