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The Classic left a winner, Real Madrid, but it was nothing more than a battle within a war for which there are still many things to decide. Whites now take a point at Barça, but there are still 12 days left and if something has made clear the duel between the two and the Champions match they played a few days before is that neither of them goes through their best moment.
They are still the two best teams in the League and the competition can be decided by small details, as both have strengths that can explode in this final straight but also weaknesses that are very evident.
His schedule is not too demanding, but if something has become clear in recent games, when he left five points against Celta and Levante, it is that the white team can play against any team in the League.
The defense. The best in the League with only 17 goals conceded in 26 games. Courtois is at a spectacular level and the team has shown great strength throughout the campaign with a stronger defense than in previous years and a hardworking and very supportive center of the field. The irruption of players like Fede Valverde or Mendy, key.
Talent in the middle. Kroos has returned to his best level, the same as Isco, who already remembers that of two years ago. Valverde brings work and quality, while Modric, in smaller doses, also contributes its grain of sand.
The irruption of Vinícius. His problems against the goal are obvious, but his overflow and impudence are essential for a team that suffers from both. With Hazard injured, Benzema in a bad streak, Bale disappeared and Jovic without confidence, the Brazilian has become the great merengue hope.
The goal. Only Benzema (13) exceeds the dozen goals in the league. The one who comes closest to him is Sergio Ramos with five, but three of them penalty. A problem of difficult solution with players or with little scoring smell or without opportunities, because Zidane does not trust Jovic or Mariano. Will his role change somewhat after his goal against Barça?
Irregularity. The best example is observed in two young people, Vinícius and Rodrygo, who do not count as soon as they are essential. It is also a defect of several of its defenses, especially Marcelo and SergioRamos, important in attack and with unforgivable gaps in defense.
The Camp Nou is a fort, but it has to receive tough opponents like Real Sociedad and Atlético. His problem is at home, where he has only won one of his last five games in all competitions, and has to visit Sánchez Pizjuán, La Cerámica and Balaído, among others.
Messi If the Argentine sneezes, Barça catches a cold. Everything depends on Leo in the Catalans, as was clear in the Bernabéu. The ‘10’ was not good and his team noticed. Top scorer and assistant of the League, he is the key for the Catalans to win a title.
Ter Stegen Difficult to calculate but surely very numerous are the points that the German goalkeeper has saved for Barça. Your decisive stops always appear when your team needs it most. In addition, his great game with his feet makes him the first builder of the game of the Catalans.
Experience and quality The eleven holder of Barça is top notch in all its lines. Veterans who have won everything with Barça like Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba or Sergio Busquets are still safe values. The same as Arturo Vidal, whose performance with Setién is being surprisingly good. And the star signings, De Jong and Griezmann, have a great quality even though their adaptation is being slower than expected.
Short template. The club’s policy, much criticized by the players themselves, was to have few players on the payroll. This, together with the injuries, mean that Barça now has only 16 healthy players from the first team. It is up to Setién to pull the quarry … but many young people from La Masía have been ceded (Carles Aleñá) or sold (Carles Pérez, Abel Ruiz).
The lesions. The loss of Luis Suarez has been devastating for Barça. Not only are the many so many that it gets but also without the spaces and the attention it generates, Messi has a much harder time to score, the Argentine has run out of his best partner. Dembélé was also injured and the performance of his replacement, Martin Braithwaite, is a mystery.