La Liga’s title race is as exciting as it gets. Barcelona leads the league standings with 19 points after seven games, while Real Madrid is second with 17. Notably, Los Blancos have a game in hand on their opponents.
With the race so close, El Clasico becomes even more crucial. Barcelona would leapfrog Real Madrid if they won on the big stage. Any other result, however, will see Ancelotti’s team maintain their lead.
With the Clasico approaching, Real Madrid has officially announced that Thibaut Courtois is out with sciatica. His injury will keep him out of the next three to four games.
According to Carlos Rodriguez, he is expected to return in time to face Barcelona on October 16th.
This is a major setback for Ancelotti’s plans, as the Belgian has been one of Real Madrid’s pillars. Courtois has always come up big for the Spanish team, whether it’s in the Clasico or the big Champions League games.
As of now, the Madrid-based club is not expected to be without any players for the game against Barcelona. However, the situation is not as straightforward for Xavi’s men.
The Blaugranas’ backline will be missing Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, and Hector Bellerin, who are all recovering from injuries.
When the two teams met in preseason, Barcelona won thanks to a spectacular goal from Raphinha. Furthermore, Xavi’s side won the last official game between the two Spanish behemoths 4-0.
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