Real Madrid vs Barcelona preview: Unprecedented security planned for El Clasico

Real Madrid vs Barcelona preview: Unprecedented security planned for El Clasico


Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet in one of the strangest Clasicos of all times, as an unprecedented series of security measures will be put in place following the Paris attacks.

Spanish authorities fear terrorists could attack again in Madrid, with the whole world watching the biggest match in modern football. Despite the Minister of the Interior has claimed it is almost impossible anything like that could happen, maximum security measures will be taken.

On the field, the main doubt is weather Leo Messi will be able to play from the start or not. The Argentinian has just recovered from a two-month injury and has not played a single minute yet, but still Luis Enrique could risk him and put him in the starting line him.

Rafa Benitez has the only doubt of Sergio Ramos, who suffers from a shoulder injury. The Andalusian will most likely play, but after the game he could undergo surgery to solve his problem.

Keylor Navas, Karim Benzema and Daniel Carvajal have recovered on time for this crucial game. The Spaniard is not expected to feature, but Navas and Benzema should play from the start.

Los Blancos need the win more than Barcelona, since they recently lost against Sevilla and now trailed their arch-rivals by three points in La Liga. A defeat would be harsh for Benitez, as Barca would lead the table with a six-point advantage.

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Bale, Kroos, Modric, James Rodriguez; Benzema, Ronaldo.

Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.