Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi
La Liga leaders Barcelona will bid to deal a potentially fatal blow to Real Madrid’s title aspirations in El Clasico this weekend.
Ernesto Valverde’s men have an 11-point gap over the reigning champions ahead of the two clubs’ final fixture in 2017.
Zinedine Zidane may have dismissed the notion on Friday but Real will surely be out of the running if Barcelona win in the Spanish capital and open up a 14-point gap over their great rivals.
Ernesto Valverde’s unbeaten side have dropped just six points all season and Real would surely concede defeat in their quest to regain the title if the deficit to Barca is widened further still.
It has been three months since forward Gareth Bale last started a league fixture yet Zidane revealed he is “100 per cent (ready) to play” after a pair of impressive cameo appearances at the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Kovacic, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Theo, Lucas V., Asensio, Isco
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Paulinho, Suarez and Messi
Subs: Cillessen, N.Semedo, Denis Suárez, Mascherano, Digne, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal
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