March 19, 2023 at 02:17
CNN —Every edition of El Clásico is loaded with its own storylines, each strand adding another layer to the historic rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Described by La Liga as a “true cultural phenomenon, drawing the attention of millions of fans worldwide,” Sunday’s match at Barça’s Camp Nou stadium will be with fraught with significance, for the result could all but settle the title race.
Los Blancos will travel to Camp Nou buoyed by defeating Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday to seal their place in the Champions League quarterfinals with an aggregate 6-2 victory.
“He’s struggled a bit more in recent games, but Viní Jr. is always Viní Jr,” Ancelotti said on Saturday, according to the Real’s website.
“His mobility gives us so much, I’m thinking about putting him on the right because he’s capable, but we’ll see.
Vinícius Jr will be key for Real Madrid on Sunday.
La Blaugrana has already defeated Real Madrid twice this year, back in January to win the Spanish Super Cup final and in March to take a 1-0 lead in their Copa del Rey semifinal.
The return match is at the Camp Nou on April 5.
However, Real did triumph in the league game back in October at the Bernabéu, Ancelotti’s team winning El Clásico 3-1.
Barça coach Xavi downplayed any notion that his team was the favorite to win Sunday’s game.
I’m sure they’ll put our defense under pressure.”“This Madrid team is the European champion and they won the last league comfortably.
It is available to watch on the following channels:Australia: OptusCanada: TSN, RDSBrazil: Star+, ESPNUK: Premier Sports, La Liga TV, ITVUS: ESPN