PREVIEW. 16/10/2022. Rodrigo Salamanca
After securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, Real Madrid are back in LaLiga action in the first official Clásico of the season. Carlo Ancelotti’s side welcome Barcelona on matchday nine of the league competition (4:15 pm CET) with the aim of collecting three points to move clear at the top of the table.
Both sides go into the Clásico level on points at the top of the standings and the madridistas are unbeaten so far this campaign. The Whites currently have a record of 11 wins and two draws in all competitions. “We've started the season well and we're ready”, said Militão ahead of the clash.
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“It’s a special game for everyone”, said Ancelotti in the press conference before the match. The Italian coach with be without Courtois in his squad for the match, but Benzema makes his return after missing out in the previous league fixture to line up alongside Vini Jr. The Brazilian in the team’s top goal scorer so far this season with seven goals.
Barcelona head to the Bernabéu having recorded seven wins and one draw in LaLiga. Lewandowski is the Catalans’ top marksman, with nine goals in the competition. In terms of previous meetings between the two rivals, the madridistas just about edge it with 76 wins, 35 draws and 73 defeats.