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After political unrest in Catalonia led the postponement of El Clásico, the day has finally arrived. The biggest game of the first half of the season is finally here.

Neutrals will enjoy the timing even more now that the teams are level on points at the top of the La Liga table. Tied at 35 points nearly halfway through the league slate can only enhance the intensity and passion in the game.

Camp Nou hosts the first Clásico of the season with Barcelona starting to find their form in La Liga. They’ve won five of their last nine games by three goals or more and cruised through their Champions League group.

While Real Madrid hasn’t been quite as prolific in front of goal, they’ve strung together a number of dominant performances in the league, creating a healthy number of opportunities and conceding few. Prior to their game against Valencia, they recorded a high xG than their opponent in every game since their match against Atlético on September 28th, a run of eight games.

This tactical analysis preview will look at each teams’ style of play and the tactics they will likely take into El Clásico. Analysis of each team’s strengths and weaknesses will show how each team will approach the game and address the biggest tactical concerns for each team.

Total Football Analysis Magazine #16: December 2019

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