April 16, 2011

The First of 4 El Clasicos.Let the show begin (Schedule)

The Bernabeu hosts the first of the four Clasicos

It only befits the two best teams in Spain to star in something completely unprecedented in the country: Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to face each other four times in less than three weeks in La Liga, the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League semis. Tomorrow's match at the Bernabeu will be the first of these encounters, and Jose Mourinho's men will do their best to win in order to earn three crucial points in the fight for the league title. Let the show begin.

Pepe returns to the fold following his suspension against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Benzema and Khedira have also made Mourinho's the cut for the match following their league suspensions last weekend.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has recovered centre back Puyol for the match, but won't be able to count on Bojan and Abidal. Mascherano will also miss the game due to suspension. New faces on the squad list save for Puyol are youth teamers Dos Santos and Thiago.

Real Madrid are currently the best home side in the championship with 14 wins in 15 fixtures at the Bernabeu; they've scored 46 goals and conceded only 7 at the stadium. On the other hand, Barcelona are the best visiting side in the competition thanks to earning 13 victories and two draws outside Camp Nou; they have netted 43 strikes and conceded just 6 as visitors.

Schedule of El 4 Clasicos

Copa Del Rey Final
Date: Wednesday 20/04/2011

Champions League Semi Final First Leg
Date:Wednesday 27/04/2011
Venue:Santiago Bernabeu

Champions League Semi Final Second Leg
Date:Wednesday 03/05/2011
Venue:Camp Nou

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