Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Predicting the Barca Starting XI for the 1st Leg

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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Predicting the Barca Starting XI for the 1st Leg
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El Clásico is upon us.

FC Barcelona will look to win their first title in the 2012-13 season as they take on Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. Tito Vilanova will also be looking to win his first title as manager.

And what better way to try and win a title by having to beat Jose Mourinho, the same infamous Mou who—like a punk—poked Tito in the eye in last year’s Super Cup.

Tito’s revenge may be upon Mou.

Of course, we will hear the Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo storylines as well.

And why not?

Messi vs. CR7 is already one of the greatest individual rivalries in football history.

This first leg means more to Barça, of course, as they are at home. For me, a tie is essentially a loss.

And a loss is always trouble.

A Barcelona win is necessary, and it's going to take everything they have to fight off the powerful forwards of Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and, of course, CR7.

Oh yeah, goals are always a must.

Today, I'll be predicting Barcelona's starting lineup against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. Some of these names are obvious, but to help break things down more, I also included a bit of information on what the player needs to do in the game.

Without further ado, here is my prediction for the Barcelona starting lineup against Real Madrid for the 2012 Spanish Super Cup.

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