Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: El Clasico 2014 Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2014

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal reacts during the Spanish La Liga soccer match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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It is arguably the biggest individual game in world football, as the Spanish giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona face off at the Santiago Bernabeu, on Sunday night.

The Galacticos have stolen a yard on their traditional rivals at the top of the La Liga table and are now four points ahead of Barca, per BBC Sport, as the finish line gets closer.

Lionel Messi and his illustrious supporting cast will need to put on their performance of the season if they are to win the game and stay in the title hunt.

Here are the full details of the match and how you can watch all of the action: 

When: Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. ET

Where: Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

Watch: Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD/beIN Sports

Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only)/beIN Sports (U.S. only)

Key Storyline 

The Midfield Battleground

Iniesta vs. Modric in La Liga 2013-14
Iniesta vs. Modric in La Liga 2013-14Credit:

Two teams that score goals for fun, the true test of who will win this match will come in midfield. 

After a shaky start to life in Spain, Luka Modric has established himself as a starter at the Bernabeu. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has blossomed and has regularly displayed his ability and class this season.

He has featured 26 times in La Liga for Madrid this term, scoring once, per Squawka. David Cartlidge of said of the 28-year-old Croatian:

Luka Modric has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe under Ancelotti, and his 59.5 passes per game is bettered by only Xabi Alonso in the centre of the park. With that, he also makes 1.5 key passes per game too, picking up 6 assists, showing he can play it simple and keep things ticking over while also striking an incisive pass.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12:  Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona adjusts the Captain armband as his teammate Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona leaves the pitch during the Copa del Rey Semi Final second leg match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at A
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With Xavi becoming a less influential force as he ages, the onus is left on his old partner, Andres Iniesta. The fleet-footed Spaniard scored a rare goal in Barca's recent thumping of Osasuna, but he also has many miles on the clock, which can lead to a weakening of his powers.

This game might become about Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as usual, but it will be those players sitting deeper behind them who will dictate who has the edge during the match.

Ronaldo and Bale Start to Click

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with teammate Gareth Bale after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Schalke 04 at Estadio Santiago
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Many thought Gareth Bale was to be Ronaldo's replacement at Real Madrid, when he was signed for a world record fee in the summer. It was questionable whether Madrid could fit in two players of such a similar style.

Though not near the end of his career, Ronaldo was viewed as the old school, with Welshman Bale representing the new.

Lo and behold, Carlo Ancelotti has turned them into a devastating partnership that might not just see them overcome Barcelona in this game, but also take the side toward Champions League glory once more.

Ronaldo's goal record is as outrageous this season as it always has been. He is averaging over a goal a game in the domestic league, with 25 from 24 matches, per Squawka.

But Bale has also provided his own contribution, averaging a goal every two matches. The former Tottenham winger has 10 goals from his 20 La Liga matches, per Squawka.

Together they represent the modern vision of attacking football, coming from a deeper and wider position, beating their markers with pace and trickery, and scoring goals in abundance.

If Ronaldo and Bale are on song on Sunday night, Barcelona will be all but out of the race for the Spanish title come the end of the night.


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