NEWS | 22/03/2015 | Javier GarcíaThe Whites need a win over Barcelona in order to recover first place in La Liga (9pm CET).
Among the numerous incentives to watch a Barcelona v Real Madrid encounter, the evenness between the sides must also be included. With only 11 matchdays left until the end of the championship, just one point separates the teams. Facing off are two of the highest scoring sides in Europe. In fact, one of Ancelotti's charges' greatest weapons in their search for victory will be their attacking prowess away from home (39 goals in 14 matches).
The Italian coach has named a 20-man squad. The only players left out of the list are James, Khedira and Coentrão. Once again, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the focal point of the Real Madrid attack. The Portuguese star has scored 14 times against Barcelona, with eight of his goals coming in the Camp Nou. “This is a special match, with a different atmosphere to other games. We have to show personality, character and impose our style of play”, said Ancelotti.
Barcelona come into this game having won their last six encounters. The Catalans, who sit top of La Liga, have registered 11 victories and two defeats at home in this season's championship. Luis Enrique stated that Busquets “could be used. He is not 100%, but he will be in the squad”. He also pointed out that “this will be an important but not decisive game; there are no favourites”.
There have been ten Clásicos over the last three seasons. The head-to-head record reads five triumphs for Real Madrid, two draws and three defeats. Earlier this season Real Madrid won 3-1 in the Santiago Bernabéu. On top of that, the Whites have hit the back of the net in all of their last eight trips to the Camp Nou and have scored in all of their last 17 matches against Barcelona. The Clásico is guaranteed to be a spectacle.