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Sport Time for Messi to rise again at Real Madrid

10:26  08 april  2021
10:26  08 april  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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  2021 La Liga odds, El Clasico picks: Proven soccer expert reveals best bets for Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Roger Gonzalez has locked in his best bets for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Video: How De Bruyne, Manchester City became unbeatable (Yahoo! Sports) Your browser does not support this video Gonzalez is leaning over 2.5 goals in Saturday's showdown between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona has been unbeatable in La Liga for more than four months, as it hasn't tasted defeat since dropping a 2-1 decision to Cadiz on Dec. 5. The side has been performing well offensively during its current run and especially of late, scoring 11 goals over its last three games.

After plundering 26 goals in El Clasico fixtures, it seems almost inconceivable that Leo Messi hasn’t managed to find the net against Real Madrid since May 2018.

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Seven games against the eternal rival have passed since then and, more recently, he hasn’t looked anywhere close to extending his record-breaking tally.

Though there’s always an extra incentive to score against Los Blancos, Saturday’s fixture is arguably more important than any over the last few seasons.

From a personal standpoint, should Messi get one it would give him 30 goals in all competitions for the 13th consecutive campaign.

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That’s an astonishing record whichever way you want to dress it up.

Moreover, it could be crucial in helping the Catalans keep their hosts at arm’s length in the league whilst putting maximum pressure on Atleti.

It’s going to be a tough ask even though both Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane are not expected to play any part in the match.

Barca have lost two of the last three Clasicos and score just one goal - Ansu Fati’s last time out.

We are certainly in the best shape to be going into the game, of that there’s no question, though there is a question mark over Ronald Koeman’s tactical ability.

The beautiful declaration of Zidane towards Messi

 The beautiful declaration of Zidane towards Messi The French coach of Real Madrid has expressed his admiration to the Barcelona star, Lionel Messi. © supplied by Football 365 Zinedine Zidane very clear This Saturday, Real Madrid welcomes FC Barcelona in Liga for the duel between the two best enemies of the Spanish championship. During this match, the Merengue can fear Lionel Messi, the strong man of the opposing team.

He was completely outclassed by Zinedine Zidane earlier this season and the Frenchman is hardly the best tactical mind in European football.

He does have the knack of getting the best out of his team when it matters, however.

Defensively, it would appear that Gerard Pique is in a race against time to be fit for the match but Ronald Araujo is a perfectly acceptable back-up.

Against the pace of Vinicius Junior and the physicality of Karim Benzema, he might even be the better option on this occasion.

Given the importance of the result, there can be no excuses for an under-par performance from any player. Every single drop of blood, sweat and tears needs to be left out on the Valdebebas pitch.

There’ll be no complaints from culers if that minimum requirement is met.

If there are any passengers on Saturday, then Koeman has to act swiftly and decisively. Not bringing on Riqui Puig with five minutes left and expecting him to work miracles.

It’s true that the season doesn’t depend on this result, but a win will do wonders for team and supporter morale, and, frankly, it’s about time Barca got one over the eternal rival.

Messi, Uppercut at PSG .
at the end of the contract with FC Barcelona next June, Lionel Messi is courted by the PSG. Argentine has however made its choice. © Provided by Football 365 Messi, priority Barça more than two months before making its decision. Or at least announcing it, because according to the last indiscretions arrived all right of Spain. Will he stay in Barcelona? Will he yield to the sirens of another mystery candidate to his recruitment? Argentine has decided.

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