Monday, 12 November, 2018

El Clasico : La Liga lucky to have Messi, Ronaldo, says Guardiola

Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid Suarez hat-trick piles pressure on beleaguered Lopetegui Reuters Albert Gea
Jennie Wade | 28 October, 2018, 14:04

Cristiano Ronaldo in Clasico action for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid is under plenty of pressure ahead of the first El Clasico contest of the season.

Icardi and Inter were looking to take advantage of Messi's absence, with the Barca captain and five-time Ballon d'Or victor sidelined due to a fractured arm.

Conversely, though, a win may just buy Lopetegui some time, and Barcelona do come into the game without Messi after he suffered a fractured arm against Sevilla last weekend.

There were disgruntled whistles at full-time on Tuesday, the home fans deflated after watching a team that featured UEFA's best goalkeeper, defender and player hang on for a 2-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen.

Manager Ernesto Valverde has challenged Barcelona to miss the injured Lionel Messi while they are winning without him. The win delayed Madrid's march to the crown after James Rodriguez goal seemed to have won the crown.

And in attack, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho will be expected to flank Luis Suarez.

Reuters  ALBERT GEA
Reuters ALBERT GEA

Criticism has been levelled at the Catalan side that in recent times they have become too reliant on their talisman and they now face the ultimate test to show they can function with Messi sidelined, too. The win also handed over the initiative to Barcelona in the league who could have had more from the game. The win moved Barcelona nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top.

It was December 23, 2007, and Julio Baptista's Christmas cracker of a strike found the top corner to sink Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona, Madrid triumphing by the solitary goal.

"And some others will come and then leave".

Local media say that Lopetegui could be sacked if Madrid lose the Clasico, and he was defiant when asked about these reports.

Inter's halftime substitute Matteo Politano anxious Marc-Andre ter Stegen twice shortly after coming on, first with a cross that the Barcelona goalkeeper had to parry and then with a shot that went high. The result kept Barcelona's record 35 matches unbeaten run in La Liga which was eventually broken though.

"I'm looking at several options, several players who can play in that position or we could change the system".

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