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Watch: Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clásico; Tactical Preview

Pablo Woolls-Blanco

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With El Clásico fast approaching, and one of Europe’s most important matches of the season on the horizon, we take a look into all of the key tactical details heading into Saturday’s clash of titans. From how both coaches could set up, to the key strengths and weaknesses of each team, and where the game will be won and lost. For a full and in-depth analysis on El Clásico’s tactics, check out our video below:

There will, as ever, be question marks regarding both managers team selections heading into such a crucial clash. Although after Real Madrid’s convincing victory over Liverpool midweek, Zidane is likely to name an unchanged eleven. Ronald Koeman on the other hand has some big decisions to make. Does he stick with the back three, does he bring Ronald Araújo in, and who comes out? The Dutchman will have to make some big calls for this one.

With La Liga in the balance, Saturday’s match looks set to be definitive for how the season ends, with victory for either team likely to spur on a push for the title, with Atléti faltering. How both coaches set up, and the tactical aspects of such a clash will no doubt be fascinating to discover.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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