Hello and welcome to MARCA English’s live blog as we build up to the second Clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which gets underway at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday night (21:00 CET / 12:00 PDT / 15:00 ET).
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have the opportunity to go top with a win, above current leaders Atletico Madrid. Third-placed Los Blancos would go level on points with Los Rojiblancos, but Zinedine Zidane‘s side have the head-to-head advantage.
Earlier in the season, Real Madrid won the Clasico 3-1 at the Camp Nou, with Fede Valverde, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric all getting on the scoresheet. Ansu Fati scored Barcelona‘s only goal.
10:50 CET: A reminder of how things went in Madrid last time
The last Clasico in Madrid was played just before the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world, with a packed house at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. On that day, March 1, 2020, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 thanks to a goal apiece from Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz.
10:30 CET: Barcelona begin their trip to Madrid
El Chiringuito’s cameras have caught the moment at which Barcelona’s bus has left the club’s training ground, as they make their way towards Madrid.