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FC Barcelona News: 17 December 2019; El Clasico Build Up Continues

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Teams and officials to be at Camp Nou two hours before kick off for El Clasico | Marca
In a last minute decision between both parties, the two teams will share the same hotel in the hours before the match. From there, both teams, who will be travelling to the stadium together, and the match officials have been instructed to be at the Camp Nou no later than 18:00 CET - two hours before kick off.

Lionel Messi: ‘More complicated’ to face Real Madrid at Camp Nou | ESPN
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has said it is harder to face Real Madrid at the Camp Nou than at the Bernabeu. Barca welcome Zinedine Zidane’s side to Camp Nou on Wednesday for the first Clasico of the season with both sides level on points at the top of La Liga.

De Jong: ‘I’m really excited to play my first Clásico’ | FC Barcelona
Frenkie de Jong is about to experience his first Clásico. The Dutch footballer, who already faced Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League whilst playing for Ajax, explained his feelings in the lead up to this Wednesday’s game at the Camp Nou in an interview with the club’s media.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Biggest security operation in Clasico history planned | ESPN
Authorities in Catalonia are planning the biggest security operation in Clasico history for Wednesday’s game between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou. More than 3,000 police officers and private security agents have been drafted in for the match due to concerns over demonstrations planned by Tsunami Democratic, a protest group advocating for self-determination in Catalonia.

Marc Márquez to make Clásico pre-kick off appearance | FC Barcelona
Wednesday’s El Clásico at the Camp Nou will have a well known face to carry out the traditional ‘honour’ kick-off: Marc Márquez. The eight time MotoGP world champion will make a pre-game appearance down on the pitch at Barça’s stadium before making the symbolic gesture of the kick off ahead of the clash between Barça and Real Madrid.

‘Barcelona have Messi but we have our own weapons’ - Madrid looking forward to Clasico showdown, says Zidane | Goal
Zinedine Zidane is aware of the threat a Lionel Messi-led Barcelona outfit will pose in Wednesday’s Clasico, but insists that Real Madrid have their “own weapons” to utilize. The Spanish champions will meet the Blancos for the first time this season at Camp Nou in midweek, with the Liga title race delicately poised 16 fixtures into the 2019-20 campaign.

A homage to players in the first Clásico | FC Barcelona
More than 100 years ago, when football was nothing like as popular as it is now, a group of Barça players travelled to Madrid to play in the first ever Clásico. This is the journey now being commemorated in a new commercial by CUPRA, FC Barcelona’s official Automotion and Mobility Partner, on the occasion of this Wednesday’s game between Ernesto Valverde’s side and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

‘Neymar is the only player who can replace Messi’ – Rivaldo wants fellow Brazilian back at Barcelona | Goal
Lionel Messi “won’t last forever” at Barcelona, says Rivaldo, with Neymar considered to be the only player capable of filling a void at Camp Nou that the departure of an all-time great will create.

Milan to follow up Todibo interest and would accept buyback clause | Sport
AC Milan are not giving up their pursuit of Barcelona defender Jean Clair Todibo. According to Sky Sports Italia, the Italian side will push for the defender in January. Milan’s first offer was worth around eight million euros, while Barcelona want around 12 million with an option to buy the defender back.