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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: 5 things to look out for in El Clasico

Sachin Bhat
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8.19K   //    05 May 2018, 22:34 IST

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Who'll come out on top in the El Clasico?
Who'll come out on top in the El Clasico?

Barcelona may have been crowned the Spanish champions already, but all's not over yet. The El Clasico is still upon us, and the delirium is tangible in the build-up to Sunday's kick-off.

Whilst the Catalans enter the tie as double winners, having secured the Copa Del Rey and La Liga medals, Los Blancos are fresh off the back of clinching a third consecutive Champions League final.

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But in the league, the disparity between the sides have never been more - 15 points currently separate the sides in the table in what was a season of contrasting fortunes for the club.

For the first time since 2008, these sides meet for the second-leg of a domestic clash with the title race already decided.

But there's still plenty of storylines to keep an eye on. Here are the 5 things to watch in the 271st El Clasico.


#5 Real Madrid's encouraging record at the Camp Nou

Real Madrid were 3-1 victors in their last visit to the Camp Nou
Real Madrid were 3-1 victors in their last visit to the Camp Nou

There are peculiar things about games like these. Whilst Barcelona are on their best ever run at the Bernabeu, having won in each of the last three league games, Real Madrid are unbeaten in the last three official trips to the Camp Nou. In fact, they've lost just twice in the last seven visits in four years.

Zinedine Zidane as the manager is yet to taste a defeat there in three trips, but this might prove to be his toughest visit yet.

Barcelona isn't just unbeaten this whole season, but their last loss on home turf stretches back to September 2016 when Alaves sprung a surprise.

Since then, 34 games have gone without resulting them on a losing side.

But more importantly, this is a Barcelona side at the peak of its powers. Real Madrid on the other hand, still have several issues plaguing despite considerable improvements since the turn of the year.

Bayern Munich exposed several frailties in the second-leg of the semi-final earlier this week, and the Whites would have to work on them if they were to come away unscathed from Camp Nou once again.

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