Several important members of the two La Liga teams have no room for error during the
This Clasico (to be followed live from 4 p.m. on Foot Transfer market) may not have the same flavor as a few years ago, but on the other side of the Pyrenees, it clearly remains an unmissable event, which unleashes passions. And at the same time, it’s a game that can propel players to glory … or definitely bury them. This afternoon, on the lawn of Camp Nou, several elements of the two teams no longer really have the right to make mistakes.
As for Real Madrid, it is especially Zinedine Zidane who plays big. The French coach was very weakened by the two defeats in a row, against Cadiz and Shakthar Donetsk, where in addition to having lost, the team showed a very bad image. In the Iberian media, the big substitute ball has already been launched, with Mauricio Pochettino and Raul at the top of the list. A defeat this afternoon could be fatal … To a lesser degree, his two compatriots Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema will also have to raise their level displayed at the start of the season, while Fede Valverde, a little in the hard lately, will have to also be a little more efficient. Isco or Marco Asensio, if they come in during the match, must also raise their performance level a notch.
Griezmann is expected … but Messi too
At FC Barcelona, the situation is similar, and many of them no longer really have the right to make mistakes. Antoine Griezmann is the first name that comes to mind, since a new insipid performance would definitely bury him, while on the contrary, a good copy made would allow him to rise a little in the esteem of the media and the fans. But that’s not all. While he has just signed a contract extension, Gerard Piqué will also have to do better than what he showed at the start of the season. This is also the case for a player like Sergio Busquets, not really in the game at the moment.
If the Catalan defender doesn’t really have any competition behind him, the midfielder may fear Miralem Pjanic, since the idea of a duo consisting of Frenkie de Jong and the ex-Juve is a very possible hypothesis in Ronald Koeman’s 4-2-3-1. Finally, even if he is not really in danger, Lionel Messi is clearly expected at the turn. The Argentinian is also in the hard – or at least very far from his usual standards – both in the game and in his statistical production (1 goal in 4 La Liga games) and is surely keen to show that he can still lead. his team very far this season. So many of them have extra pressure this afternoon …