Combined eleven: Barcelona host Real Madrid in the season’s first El Clasico

Adjust Comment Print

The win left them joint top of Group B, with Inter also taking six points out of six.

Madrid head into Sunday's league Clasico at Barcelona having taken just one point from a possible 12 in their last four league games.

When pressed about his future after the match, he said: "I hope I am still breathing, I don't think I am going to die". 'Our situation is not irreversible, we are in October'.

Back-to-back defeats against Alaves and Levante saw Madrid slip down to eighth place in La Liga, five points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid.

Blasted in the Spanish media, Lopetegui has so far maintained the public support of players such as captain Sergio Ramos and heavyweights Marcelo and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.

And Baptista does not expect Real to delay Lopetegui's sacking any further if results continue to go against them, and believes ex-midfielder Guti - now coaching at Besiktas - could return to Santiago Bernabeu.

See photos of suspicious package sent to CNN
The parcel was addressed to the Hollywood actor who has been outspoken critic of President Donald Trump , the Associated reports . Andrew Cuomo said at the briefing that "we will not allow these terrorist thugs to change the way we live our lives".

"We are very happy for the match, against a team that was going to make things very hard for us, we played very well".

"It is clear it will affect us a lot", Barcelona coach Valverde said on Tuesday.

Before kickoff, Barcelona fans chanted "Messi!" You try to play the same as you normally do in a Clasico, but you can't.

His arm in a sling and a wide grin across his face, Lionel Messi was able to enjoy Barcelona's handsome play from the stands for once.

For the first time in nearly 10 years neither Ronaldo nor Mess will play the biggest game of the season in Spain: "Madrid had a good start to the season, now they are going a bit down but they will remain on top for the whole season", Guardiola said.

Then Messi blew away Tottenham at Wembley and, a day later, Madrid lost 1-0 to CSKA Moscow, lacking the snap and spark Ronaldo once provided and that Messi had given the night before. They played well earlier in the season, even if they're on a bad run now in terms of results. The only question is whether Valverde will give a second straight start to Rafinha after he scored against Inter, or opt to play forward Ousmane Dembele in Messi's spot.