BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi are all in the starting line-up for Barcelona in tonight’s La Liga “El Clásico” clash with Real Madrid at Camp Nou.
The game will see Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol both missing out for Tito Vilanova side because of injuries so Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets will both be asked to play a little deeper as cover.
Alexis Sanchez is on the bench alongside David Villa and Alex Song, with Lionel Messi and Pedro leading the attack against the defending champions which will be looking to close a eight point gap on the leaders.
For Real Madrid, which need a win tonight, Pepe, and Sergio Ramos, as expected, both start in the defence, while Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso also start.
Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria, and Cristiano Ronaldo, are also in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI with Frenchman Karim Benzema getting the starting nod tonight in the forward line.
Barcelona Team: Valdés, Alves, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Mascherano, Sergio, Pedro, Alba and Adriano
Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Song, Sergi Roberto, Alexis and Villa. Tello
Real Madrid Team: Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, DiMaria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema.