Barcelona vs Real Madrid lineups: Starting XIs, confirmed team news, injury latest for El Clasico clash today
Karim Benzema starts for Real Madrid in tonight’s El Clasico as Barcelona switch up their formation.
The Camp Nou clash could hand the Blaugrana a 12-point lead over Real in the LaLiga title race, with only 12 games left to play this season.
However, Xavi is without key midfielder Pedri, who was bidding to return from a hamstring injury in time for the game amid contrasting reports over his fitness.
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Pedri withdrew from the Spain squad for internationals later this month before he was omitted from Barca’s squad for tonight’s game.
Ousmane Dembele is ruled out for Barcelona after top scorer Robert Lewandowski was welcomed back from injury for last week’s win at Athletic Club. Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo is also back from suspension today.
Sergi Roberto replaces Ferran Torres for a move to a 4-4-2 system.
Meanwhile, Real had been nervously waiting on Karim Benzema’s fitness once again after he picked up a knock in midweek.
The 35-year-old limped out of the Champions League last-16 second-leg victory over Liverpool shortly after scoring the winner and he then missed training on Friday. However, he is considered fit for El Clasico.
Ferland Mendy is back in the Madrid squad but David Alaba and Alvaro Rodriguez are unavailable as an unchanged XI is named by Los Blancos.
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Sergi Roberto, Gavi, Busquets, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski.
Subs: Fati, Torres, Pena, Marcos Alonso, Alba, Kessie, Garcia, Torre, Tenas, Alarcon.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Subs: Lunin, Lopez, Vallejo, Hazard, Tchouameni, Asensio, Odriozola, Vazquez, Ceballos, Mariano, Mendy, Rodrygo.