Real Madrid vs Barcelona

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It is striking that Karim Benzema (eight) is the only Madrid player to have done so more than twice against Barca during that time.

Real Madrid and Barcelona meet at the Santiago Bernabéu in the early kickoff today and as usual, it promises to be exciting. Without Ronaldo, a result seemed unlikely, but Ronaldo being fit is a big boost to the capital club just hours before the game.

According to Marca, Ronaldo trained with the first team on Friday with no problem and will indeed play.

Did you hear about the football manager who won five trophies in a calendar year but still managed to end it in danger of being fired?

However, victory extends Barca's unbeaten run to 25 games in all competitions as they moved nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and exacted revenge for a 5-1 thrashing on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of Real in August.

"During the first half, if we had scored any of the chances, it would have been really different". We know they are one of the best clubs in the world, so we never rule them out for La Liga.

Missing out on Mbappe could prove even more costly when Madrid face PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Superb stuff from the little magician, who was at his brilliant best throughout the game, upstaging Cristiano Ronaldo yet again.

But in the same way that they lost their way in the second period at the Bernabeu this weekend, Los Blancos have also lost their way in general this season and Zidane appears to be unable to do anything about it.

Captain and tiki-taka symbol Andres Iniesta could be seen gesturing anxiously at his teammates to get them to hold the ball longer and start to play.

If Barcelona do not already look champions-elect, it looks barely conceivable they will not finish above Real. Further forward Madrid had more issues, though, and not for the first time this season.

Madrid's title defence was dealt a major blow Saturday after suffering a 3-0 loss at home to Barca in the Spanish capital.

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