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Barcelona-Real Madrid: the first Clásico of the season

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NEWS | 24/10/2020 | Javier Vázquez

Zidane's side visit the Camp Nou on matchday 7 of LaLiga (4 pm, CET).
The first Clásico of the season is now upon us. Barcelona and Real Madrid go head-to-head this afternoon (4 pm, CET) on matchday 7 of LaLiga with three precious points at stake, currently the difference in points separating the two teams. There will be no spectators at the Camp Nou, but that won't take away the importance of the match, which will be seen around the world.
 
It will also be the first time that Real Madrid and Barcelona have faced each other since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of March, just before the world came to a halt, both teams fought out the last Clásico, played at the Santiago Bernabéu when Zidane's side put on an exceptional display and claimed all three points (2-0) to move top of the league thanks to goals from Vinicius Jr. and Mariano.

Real Madrid are unbeaten at the Camp Nou under Zidane.

Zidane has visited the Camp Nou five times as manager (four in LaLiga and one in the Spanish Super Cup) and is yet to taste defeat there, although he is well aware of the danger posed. “The Clásico is a good game to turn things around”, he said in the press conference ahead of the match. The Frenchman has named a 20-man squad with the aim of winning the Clásico.
 
Title contenders
Meanwhile for the hosts, Koeman faces his first Clásico as Barcelona manager in a season that has seen both sides, who are always title contenders, start behind the rest. This is because six LaLiga matchdays have taken place so far, but the madridistas have played five, with the Catalans playing four.

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