There’s every chance that Saturday night’s Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played at a very high tempo, and each team have players in attack with pace to do serious damage to their opponents.
On Real Madrid‘s side, Vinicius Junior is coming into the game in fine form after his brace against Liverpool on Tuesday. Just the night before, Ousmane Dembele rescued Barcelona with a late winner over Real Valladolid.
Both have grown into the 2020/21 season, and are coming into the Clasico in their best form of the campaign. According to Skillcorner, the two are the fastest players on their respective teams.
The data used in this article was obtained by taking the average of their highest speeds recorded over the last 10 games, allowing for a measurement of the players’ pace to be recorded. This considered, Vinicius can manage to hit 30.6 kilometres per hour on average, followed by Eder Militao‘s 30.4km/h.
For Barcelona, Dembele is the quickest at a speed of 30.2km/h, showing similar numbers to both Sergino Dest and Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy.
Real Madrid have a faster attack
Zinedine Zidane‘s attacking trident has more pace than that of Ronald Koeman. Vinicius and Dembele are the two quickest players, but next up are Real Madrid’s forwards before Barcelona’s.
Marco Asensio‘s average is 29/7km/h, then Karim Benzema‘s is 29km/h. Barcelona have Antoine Griezmann reaching 28km/h and Lionel Messi hitting 27.4km/h.
Once again, Real Madrid are faster in defence. Both Militao and Mendy exceed 30km/h, and even Dembele would lose a race with the Brazilian.
In midfield, it’s striking that Luka Modric is one of the fastest. He averages 27.8km/h at 35 years of age, edging Pedri’s 27.7km/h. Frenkie de Jong is the fastest with 28.1km/h.
Overall, Real Madrid are faster than Barcelona. Los Blancos’ players average 28.91km/h to the Catalans’ 28.64km/h.