This Sunday, Barcelona will host Real Madrid for date 10 of La Liga in Spain. It will be a special edition, because for the first time in more than a decade, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will be on the court. Those led by Ronald Koeman are on a good streak after a poor start, as in addition to achieving their first victory in the international tournament, last day they beat Valencia 3-1 and in this way climbed to seventh position, with 15 points.
For their part, after postponing their meeting with Athletic Bilbao from last date, Real Madrid thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in the Champions League. However, in the local competition he is second with 17 units, but in his last presentation he fell 2-1 against Espanyol.
However, anything can happen in a derby that will be full of debutants. Without going any further, it is the first that Lionel Messi will not even look at from the rostrum. Since he was part of the first team, Messi did not play six classics, either due to a technical decision or due to injury.
But the balance of Barcelona without the Argentine is favorable, because each time he was absent, he only lost twice, in 2005 and 2007 For his part, he won three classics without the Argentine star, including the one from 2018, 5-1 at the Camp Nou. For their part, they tied only once, in 2006.