Lead-up and line-ups
Both teams went into this game with new coaches and new signings. What wasn’t new was the expectations and hype.
To date Barcelona had negotiated the transition to Gerardo Martino with greater success than that of Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti.
Barcelona dropped their first league points in nine games last weekend in a scoreless draw away to Osasuna.
Real Madrid was three points behind Barcelona after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal and a 1-0 derby loss to Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid went into the game looking for a third consecutive clasico win, something they had not done in 34 years.
Of Real Madrid’s three big summer signings only Gareth Bale made…to read more please click on the link.
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