Welcome to the biggest game of the season! Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona play another edition of El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabéu, and this one could change the destiny of both teams for the entire season.
For Barça, the mission is simple: win the Clasico will put them 14 points ahead of their biggest rival, which would basically end Real’s title chase and force them to look at the Champions League as their only realistic shot at silverware.
The problem for Madrid is that their next Champions League matchup is against Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16, so if they lose the Clasico on Saturday and the knockout round against PSG, their season is over a lot sooner than expected.
The pressure is on both sides to perform, and although their future this season will be heavily affected by the result of this game, all of that will be forgotten once the game starts: Real Madrid vs Barcelona is a World Cup Final of its own, and what happened before or what will happen next just does not matter for 90 minutes.
It’s Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s Zidane against Valverde, it’s Suárez against Benzema, it’s the biggest game of the season. You just cannot miss El Clasico. Please watch it.
Competition/Round: La Liga Matchday 17
Date/Time: Saturday, December 23, 2017, 1pm CET/WAT (Spain & Nigeria), 12pm GMT (UK), 7am ET, 4am PT (USA), 5:30pm IST (India)
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM EL CLASICO
Television: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 1 (India)
Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada, Spain), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kovacic, Casemiro, Kroos; Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Paulinho; Messi, Suárez