The leaders vs second place, both unbeaten domestically. The Catalans are ahead on goal difference, and that’s the only thing between them. And as ever, there is worry about how to stop Vinicius Junior.
The Brazilian is a weapon on Madrid’s left flank. Barcelona kept him quiet with Ronald Araujo in the last Clasico, a 4-0 win for the Catalans at the Bernabeu. However, with the Uruguayan Xavi will have to decide: Use Kounde as a right back when he’s just back from injury and we need another center back? Another option is to use Alejandro Balde there.
The youngster has become important for the club. Against Celta he played right back again and put in a solid performance.
Alejandro, still on a B team deal, is playing a lot and is ahead of Jordi Alba at left-back.
Sergi Roberto is the other option. However, using him against Vinicius will be very risky