This afternoon Real Madrid and Barcelona will play the second Clasico in just four days. After sealing their place in the Copa del Rey final at Camp Nou, Real Madrid once again pit themselves against Barcelona, this time at the Santiago Bernabeu, at an unusual time (16:00, Canal+ 1) and in what will be the sixth clash of the season between the teams. Two styles of play that will do battle in the league in a match in which the Whites will be hoping to extend their run of good performances on home turf and where they have not lost to Barcelona in their two previous visits this season. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the team’s top scorer, will be looking to play a decisive role once again against a team that has scored 12 goals against.
"We go into the match against Barcelona with extra motivation after winning at the Camp Nou and knowing that the stadium will be full and our fans that will be there to help us. We can beat anyone anywhere and that gives us confidence", said Kaka in the press room in the pre-match build-up. The Whites want to maintain the good feeling from the away match on Tuesday, when they sealed their place in the Copa del Rey final. Today they will be facing the same opponents but on a different stage and in a different competition.
Good record against Barcelona this season
Real Madrid and Barcelona will play for the sixth time this season, with the balance tipping in favour of Jose Mourinho’s side. Of the five matches that have been played, the Whites have won two (3-2 and 1-3), drawn two (2-2 and 1-1) and lost one (3-2). In the two two-legged ties that they have played in this campaign the Whites won the Super Cup at the start of the season and, on Tuesday, secured their place in the Copa del Rey final. Also, as the home team they have not lost to Barcelona having got a win and a draw.
Barcelona arrive as championship leaders
Barcelona arrive at Santiago Bernabeu as La Liga leaders with 68 points and a record of 22 wins, two draws and one defeat in the 25 league matches that they have played. Away from home they have got 11wins, one draw (Valencia) and one defeat (Real Sociedad), scoring 40 goals and conceding 18. Valdes has played every league match and has conceded 28 goals.