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FC Barcelona News: 24 October 2021; All set for El Clásico against Real Madrid

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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PREVIEW | FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - FC Barcelona
676 days have passed since the last Clásico with fans in the terraces, but they'll be back for this Sunday's game at Camp Nou in what promises to be a fabulous occasion

Koeman's 23-man squad for El Clásico - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's coach called up every available player for the clash against Real Madrid in Camp Nou

Koeman: 'We want to entertain our fans' - FC Barcelona
The Barça coach speaks ahead of Sunday's Clasico against the eternal rival

Barcelona's expected starting lineup for El Clasico revealed - Football Espana
Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon in El Clasico, the most iconic fixture in the European game. Both sides are living different moments. Madrid are under the command of Carlo Ancelotti, and sit third in La Liga, three points behind league leaders Real Sociedad and one behind second-placed Osasuna. They’re second in Champions League Group D, level on points with leaders Sheriff.

Carlo Ancelotti's expected starting lineup for El Clasico revealed - Football Espana
Ancelotti is expected to set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Thibaut Courtois starting in goal behind a back four of Nacho, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy. Luka Modric is expected to start in the centre of midfield beside the veteran pair of Casemiro and Toni Kroos, while Karim Benzema will lead the line flanked by the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior.

Carlo Ancelotti: "You cannot go into a match thinking you're about to face a cat when it's a lion" - Football Espana
“It’s good to be afraid, because you cannot go into a match thinking you’re about to face a cat when it’s a lion,” Ancelotti said pre-match in comments carried by Marca. “Fear is something that appears before a game or after a training session, when you think the team isn’t right."

Ronald Koeman hoping for a full house for El Clasico on Sunday afternoon - Football Espana
“Good possession, looking for depth,” Koeman said when asked what he was looking for in his pre-match press conference according to Marca. “I don’t think many opportunities will be created. It will be a matter of being effective. Each player has to get the best out of themselves for a game like tomorrow."

Laporta's Barça project buys time as members vote to allow losses for now - SPORT
Barcelona's board of directors, after getting permission to seek funding for the Espai Barça project, also won some of the more controversial votes at the assembly on Saturday.

General Assembly: Barcelona will sell up to 49% of Barça Studios - SPORT
Barcelona will sell a minority stake in their in-house production company, Barça Studios. The issue was voted on at the General Assembly, with the delegate members giving the club the green light to move ahead with the sale.

Barça Assembly approves funding for Camp Nou redevelopment work - SPORT
Barcelona's General Assembly resumed on Saturday and the first vote was on the funding for the Espai Barça project, which includes the redevelopment of Camp Nou.

Laporta accepts nearly “impossible” to move to Johan Cruyff Stadium - SPORT
Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted on Saturday that it will be almost impossible for the first team to play at the Johan Cruyff Stadium while work is carried out on Camp Nou.

Ronald Koeman's options ahead of the Clasico - SPORT
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is working on his plan for the Clasico. He is waiting on the fitness of Jordi Alba, a doubt for the clash after picking up a minor ankle problem against Dynamo Kyiv.

Ronald Koeman: I am not afraid of Real Madrid - SPORT
Ronald Koeman believes in his team. He spoke to the media ahead of the Clasico and says he feels no fear. “It’s a big game. We have show we’re on a good path and the result is important too. We have to play without any fear and want it from the start of the game.”

Ronald Koeman: Barca is not just Ansu Fati - SPORT
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman spoke about Ansu Fati in his press conference. Koeman said that “it won’t be a battle of the youngsters like Ansu and Vinicius”, who still have a long way to go “but they are on a good path”.

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