The most watched football match in the world El Clasico is back folks.
Barcelona welcome Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday the match will be played behind closed doors.
This will be the first time the game is played without fans even as the effects of the second wave of the novel coronavirus has forced the Spanish City of Barcelona into another lockdown.
Speaking to the Barcelona website, coach Ronald Koeman decried the lack of fans at the stadium: “The game will be strange, as when you play at home in these kinds of games the fans are almost an extra man,”
For the first time ever, #ElClásico will be played without fans.
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“We hope that soon we can have our supporters back at the stadium.”
Pundits say that it will be the last instalment in the El Clasico series featuring Lionel Messi.
For a long time, between 2009 and 2018 the rivalry between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo was the beguiling sub-plot to each El Clasico meeting.
Here are the pre-match highlights as you look forward to the mouth-watering clash.
Real Madrid arrived Friday in Barcelona without Belgian star Eden Hazard.
Hazard, 29, suffered a muscle injury in late September and is still sidelined.
The former Chelsea player joined Real Madrid in 2019 to be the last season’s Spanish champion.
Real Madrid’s right back Daniel Carvajal will also miss the match because of a medial collateral ligament injury.
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Carvajal is expected to return in December.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will be without the services of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the showdown.
The 28-year-old German international sustained a knee injury and may return in late October.
French center back Samuel Umtiti will not play for Barcelona as Dutch manager Ronald Koeman did not include him on the 23-man squad.
But Koeman added left back Jordi Alba to the El Clasico squad.
Alba had a muscle injury earlier this month but is ready to play.
The match kicks off at 5pm Kenyan time.