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No Messi or Ronaldo but Clasico could still define season

28 October, 2018, 08:29 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has warned his team to beware of a "wounded" Real Madrid side as the hosts head into Sunday's Clasico at the Camp Nou without the injured Lionel Messi.

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.

While Madrid's woes have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, Barcelona, too, have failed to consistently find their best form so far in 2018-19.

'I hope I am still breathing, I don't think I am going to die, ' Lopetegui said when pressed about his future beyond the match.

"Madrid will be even more risky", Valverde said Wednesday. We are excited and ready for this game. You try to play the same as you normally do in a Clasico, but you can't.

On the players' support, Lopetegui also said, "Obviously, I trust them and they trust me".

Vinicius was banned for the Clasico but Madrid appealed it and one of his two yellow cards he picked up for Real Madrid Castilla against Celta Vigo B was withdrawn.

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Luis Suarez has claimed that it is Barcelona's "turn to win" El Clasico as the Spanish champions prepare to welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon.

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

A win will ease the pressure off the manager's back and the fans will have the first bragging rights at their oppositions.

Former Real Madrid star Ivan Zamorano admits that the Merengue are struggling without Cristiano Ronaldo, with his incredible goalscoring abilities most keenly missed by the club. We've got to put in a great shift at San Siro and get points to go through.

Lopetegui said Messi's absence was not a big factor in his preparations for the game. We have a certain style, then Messi gives us a touch of brilliance that is extraordinary.

Messi cheered and lifted his good left arm in victory after his teammates showed more than enough class to convincingly beat Inter Milan 2-0 even without its best player.



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