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Real Madrid-Barça: Euroleague to host the second Clásico clash of the campaign

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NEWS | 14/11/2019 | Edu Bueno

The Whites will be looking for a repeat of their Super Cup final victory (9:00pm CET).
It's the first Clásico of this Euroleague campaign and second of the season so far, following Real Madrid's victory in the Super Cup final at the WiZink Center back in September. Laso's men remain unbeaten at home and now host a Barça team who have lost on their last three visits in this competition. The madridista coach has a full squad available, with the exceptions of Reyes and Mejri.

The Whites come into the game on a fine Euroleague run. It's two wins on the bounce, last time out at Crvena zvezda (60-75). In front of their home fans, Madrid have proved unbeatable so far, with four wins from four; that's eight including League fixtures. Barça have lost only on their trip to Milan, with whom they share top spot at this stage (6-1). The madridistas will be looking to put the pressure on the group at the head of the table, with just two wins separating the top nine teams.

Carroll and Taylor could play their 600th and 300th games in a Madrid jersey respectively.

The season's first Clásico was a title-decider. It saw Real Madrid clinch their sixth Super Cup, getting the better of the azulgranas 89-79. The Whites were the better side on the day, with MVP Campazzo running the show and 8 players netting 8 points or more. Among them, Carroll and Taylor, who this evening could make their 600th and 300th appearances respectively for the madridistas. Barça had only four players in double digits: Delaney, Higgins, Mirotic and Davies. The madridista defense snuffed out the rest.

History favours the Whites
It will be the 26th Clásico in the Euroleague. Real Madrid currently lead the head-to-head 13-12, having been too good for the azulgranas on their last three visits to the WiZink Center. If they're to extend that run, the Whites will have to maintain their focus for the full 40 minutes, be more consistent, as Laso explained in the build-up, and match their rivals' defensive intensity. Real Madrid have scored an average of 7 points more at home than away (84). Team and fans must come together for another huge European night.