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El Clasico: Who Has The Stronger Wall?

Every now and then we hear about some fancy footwork by forwards like Messi and Ronaldo but little do we talk about the one who stops them getting past him. Defence is one of the most underrated jobs in modern football and overlooked most of the times but it’s El Clasico time and nothing can be overlooked here as the margin of error here is next to null. To stop forwards like Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Asensio a firm backline is required. Let’s take look at the defense of both the teams.

FC Barcelona

The defense has always remained a problem for FC Barcelona but this season it seems like it has become their blessing in disguise. Barcelona is the best defensive side this season in La Liga Santander conceding just 7 goals this season.

Sergi Roberto (RB)

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The one position where Barcelona have been poor this season defensively is this. Barcelona has options here but we’ll go with Sergi Roberto over Nelson Semedo because of his ability to make lung-bursting runs through the middle. This position is the most crucial for Barcelona from the defense point of view because it will be his task to stop the phenomenal Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a player who can play in any position but has grown in this role ever-more.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 10

Assists:- 4

Tackles per game:- 2.5

Gerard Piqué (CB)

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How can you separate Piqué from the Barcelona vs Real Madrid rivalry? He’s part of every possible controversy. But keeping politics aside, he’s a gem Barcelona have. Though many people hate him, there is no denying the fact that he’s the heart of the Blaugrana defense. His agility will definitely come to play while breaking attacks from the center. His aerial abilities are very good and he might prove fatal in set-pieces.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 12

Assists:- 1

Tackles per game:- 1.2

Javier Mascherano (CB)

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With Samuel Umtiti out of El-Clasico, the second CB position is under doubt, we would prefer Javier Mascherano over Thomas Vermaelen because of his experience. He has played more clasicos and has the ability to work under such pressure.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 5

Assists:- 0

Tackles per game:- 2.3

Jordi Alba (LB)

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Jordi Alba has been on fire this season, he has more assists than any other Barcelona player (5). He is a loves to attack more than he likes to defend and this is the reason why he has bagged the most no. of assists. Real Madrid will keep an on Jordi’s form and Zidane would have surely created a plan to break his magical code.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 14

Assists:- 5

Tackles per game:- 2

Real Madrid

Real Madrid, on the other hand, is also having a good season at the back having conceded just 11 goals this season in the Spanish La Liga. It may also be considered one of the prominent reasons why Real Madrid stands 4th in a positive way.

Dani Carvajal (RB)

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Better than any other Right Back option for FC Barcelona, Dani Carvajal is the player who has received more cards for Real Madrid this season (5 Yellow Cards) is the best option for this position in this Clasico. He’ll be against Gerard Deulofeu or Paco Alcacer who are not so proven in such high-pressure games. Somehow Carvajal’s experience will carry a disguised advantage for Real Madrid.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 9

Assists:- 0

Tackles per game:- 2.3

Sergio Ramos (CB)

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Sergio Ramos is the most experienced defender for Real Madrid and is proven match-winner for them. The only motto he follows is “One Shall Not Pass”.A gem for Real Madrid he’s always willing to give his 100% he is one of the mischievous players on the field.

We hope that he does not end up receiving the Red Card this time.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 12

Assists:- 1

Tackles per game:- 1.7

Raphael Varane (CB)

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The Frenchman has the utterly frightening pace for a defender and that will be ideal when faced with a forward line like of Barcelona. Zidane has shown a lot of confidence in Raphael Varane since he replaced Benitez.

It is his duty on this weekend to keep Barca’s attack in check.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 9

Assists:- 0

Tackles per game:- 1.1

Marcelo (LB)

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Another duel between Marcelo v Messi is lined up. Marcelo’s form this season has been a problem but he is a big game player sure and exerted a great influence in Madrid’s latest win against Barcelona.

It will be a heavy task for Marcelo to contain Messi as his sublime form is a problem for not only Marcelo but the whole Real Madrid.

La-Liga 2017/18 Stats:

Appearances:- 11

Assists:- 1

Tackles per game:- 1.8

 

 

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