Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2018-19

Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2018-19

Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2018-19

Manager Julen Lopetegui is already under severe pressure ahead of taking his Real side to defending champions Barcelona - a fixture Ronaldo and an injured Lionel Messi will be absent from for the first time since 2007 .

Barcelona have failed to win the last three Clasicos at Camp Nou, and played out a 2-2 draw with Madrid towards the end of last season.

World football's biggest game will be missing the sport's two biggest stars. Ronaldo scored the victor shortly to silence the Nou Camp.

Messi will return, in three weeks if his right arm heals as expected, but Ronaldo's permanent absence has weighed heavier with every chance missed.

To say that Madrid are finding it hard to come to terms with the summer departures of Ronaldo and equally legendary coach Zinedine Zidane is putting it mildly.

Following the match, fans took to social media to hail Barcelona's "team effort" and emphatic victory even with Messi on the sidelines.

The win left them joint top of Group B, with Inter also taking six points out of six. The win delayed Madrid's march to the crown after James Rodriguez goal seemed to have won the crown.

The Brazilian left Barcelona to get out Messi's shadow and can be found sulking in Paris, while Bale's constant injuries have stopped him from reaching his peak at Madrid. Victory all-but secures Barcelona's passage to the Champions League last 16 too.

Barcelona, which enters the match in second place at one point behind Atletico, will entrust Luis Suarez to lead the attack.

"This result is a great confidence boost for all of us and when Sunday brings the Clasico we'll be so up for it", Rafinha told Movistar, with Ernesto Valverde's side one point clear at the top of LaLiga.

Where are Madrid's goals without Ronaldo?

The Real Madrid shot stopper will surely be having nightmares from his last visit to the Camp Nou with Chelsea. We also see quite a few players being sent off in the clash which has become a pattern of sorts. "On Sunday we have a game that motivates us a huge amount".

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