12:47. Jordi Alba has been named in Barcelona’s squad for the Clasico. See the rest of the squad here.
12:25. Luka Jovic is having more problems, this time in Serbia. Read why here.
12:20. Gerard Figueras, the Catalan government’s General Secretary for Sport, has admitted that some fans could be present for Barcelona’s Champions League match against Juventus at the Camp Nou on December 8.
12:05. Who will be the standout player in this Clasico?
11:53. Lionel Messi’s last goal against Real Madrid came on May 6, 2018 – 900 days ago. He will be looking to remedy that on Saturday.
11:45. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are looking to upgrade their current stadiums, with Los Blancos’ home currently further along in this process than the Blaugrana’s.
11:40. Eight Barcelona players could play in their first Clasico on Saturday: Neto, Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Junior Firpo, Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Pedri and Francisco Trincao. Admittedly, some are more likely to play than others. Read more here.
11:19. Eden Hazard has been able to go through some exercises on the Valdebebas pitches, and although he won’t be present for the Clasico, it is good news for Real Madrid fans.
11:10. It also seems as though Jordi Alba will also be available to play after he trained with his Barcelona team-mates on Friday morning.
11:00. Sergio Ramos has trained with Real Madrid this morning, which is a good sign ahead of tomorrow’s Clasico.
10:52. Do you remember the black Real Madrid shirt with a dragon on it from a few seasons ago? Adidas and Los Blancos have recovered it and Zidane’s players will wear it tomorrow during their warm-up at the Camp Nou.
10:45. Although Barcelona usually wait until the day of the match to announce their matchday squad, this time we will not have to wait. The main unknown for Ronald Koeman is Jordi Alba, who has been dealing with an injury.
10:38. The referee for this Clasico will be Juan Martinez Munuera (Valencia), with Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez (Murcia) in the VAR room.
10:30. Back-to-back defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar have put Zidane under some pressure coming into this Clasico. The Frenchman has four matches until the international break to turn things around.
10:20. Gerard Pique has just penned a new deal at Barcelona in the last few days, yet the Catalan centre-back has criticised some things at the club in an interview with La Vanguardia. Amongst the things discussed, Lionel Messi’s infamous burofax came up. “The Messi thing? It gets on my nerves…” Read more of what Pique had to say here.
10:10. Sergio Ramos’ physical condition is one of the big talking points today, with the defender having missed Real Madrid’s 3-2 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek due to an injury. Zinedine Zidane’s players train at 11:00 CEST and a lot of attention will be on Ramos, who wanted to force himself to play against Shakhtar.
10:00. Good morning and welcome to this live blog which will keep you up to date with all the build-up to Saturday’s Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.
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