Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Predicting Barcelona's Lineup for El Clásico

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Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Predicting Barcelona's Lineup for El Clásico
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After a very sad week for European football, with Lyon advancing to the next round of the UEFA Champions League on very questionable circumstances to put it mildly (farcical would be a more appropriate term), football fans all over the world will be treated to another installment of the greatest rivalry in club football: El Clásico.

For the first time in four seasons, FC Barcelona are being seriously challenged at the top of Spanish and European football, with José Mourinho's Real Madrid looking capable of finally dethrone the all-conquering Catalans and put an end to one of the most dominant runs in the sport's history.

Madrid have been in stellar form, while Barcelona have not been able to replicate their incredible level from last season and find themselves three points behind the Madrid giants with Real having a game in hand. If Barcelona are defeated at the Bernabeu, their stranglehold on La Liga will be in very serious jeopardy and the league title will be Real Madrid's to lose.

In 26 official matches this season, Pep Guardiola used 26 different lineups, due both to injuries and his own rotation policy, which some speculate might be the cause for Barcelona's relative slump.

Here's how the Catalans should line up at the Bernabeu:

 

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