- The Liga title is currently 16 points away. Real Madrid knows that the Spanish League title is gone this season & thus focuses on other objectives
- Other objectives are, the Spanish Cup which they have reached the final & the historical obsession, the Champions League.
This last European competition puts Real Madrid up with Manchester United next Tuesday at "Old Trafford" & with the tie currently 1 - 1 on aggregate. This match is obviously the most important game now & today's "Clasico" takes on lesser dimensions. Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho will not wish to risk his star players & will rest them. Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi, Ozil, khedira & Higuain are speculated to start on the bench.
The positive side is that we will see other Real Madrid players which normally don´t get a start or a run. Players like Kaka, along with young forward Morata who is speculated will participate. FC Barcelona on the other hand will wish to find "revenge" from the Spanish Cup semi elimination by Real Madrid. Said this, a "B - side" of these two is still considered as the best teams in World Football.
Either way, great match expected. Here are the speculated starting 11 line-ups:
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez ( Adan ), Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Michael Essien, Luka Modric, Jose Callejon, Kaká, Álvaro Morata & Karim Benzema.
FC Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi & David Villa.
This is another speculated starting 11 line - up . Difference is that I don´t think Ronaldo will start.