Pre-Clasico LIVE BLOG: Hazard and Dembele set to miss the clash
The first Clasico of the season is supposedly set for December 7 but nothing has been decided yet. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the clash!
- Ousmane Dembele reportedly out until at least 2020 and set to miss El Clasico
Dembele will not return to the pitch this year, say AS. The source report that the winger will be sidelined with a muscle injury at least for five weeks.
- Eden Hazard avoids serious injury and is expected to recover in time
The Belgian was forced to leave the pitch during the match against PSG. Zinedine Zidane confirmed the injury during the post-game presser. Real Madrid released a statement on the player, reporting only a slight bruise.
- 'Not here to count seconds': Javier Tebas' hard stance on El Clasico
The current La Liga boss couldn't care less: "Football is more than Real Madrid and Barcelona. A league is not always aware of how much rest the big teams get and the La Liga President cannot be counting the seconds that each one rests."
- Gerard Pique reacts to having more time to rest than Real Madrid
Nothing surprising coming from him, to be honest: "They will have more for the next game then... and there is always some kind of complaint and the calendar is what it is."
- Barcelona are going to have 29 hours more to rest ahead of the upcoming El Clasico.
Due to El Clasico now rescheduled for December 18, Real Madrid are going to have 29 hours less to rest ahead of the biggest and perhaps the most important match in Spain.
- Dani Carvajal reacts to El Clasico rescheduling: 'Security is the important thing'
The player was asked about his opinion: "It was postponed for security issues. If that decision was made then it will have been for something. If the game is played during the week then it could reduce the income, but security is the important thing."
- La Liga propose new date for the clash
La Liga president Javier Tebas reportedly says that December 7 is the most reasonable date and adds that the league needs the clubs involved to agree on the terms before making the change official.
- The match could be delayed until December.
Because of the recent protests in Catalonia, Spanish Football Federation, La Liga and the Sports Council of the Spanish Government are all against El Clasico being played on October 26 at Camp Nou.
Considering that Barca have reportedly rejected for the game to be played at Santiago Bernabeu, the clash will be most likely be delayed until winter, with Marca claiming that the new possible date of the game is December 18.
- La Liga have requested the Spanish FA over a possibility to move the Clasico to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The encounter is scheduled to be played at Camp Nou on October 26. "We have requested to the Spanish FA to meet and change the location of El Clasico to Madrid because of exceptional circumstances beyond our control," La Liga's statement reads.
- The Spanish Sports Tribunal (TAD) cancel one of Casemiro's four yellows cards.
The Madrid midfielder was in doubt for taking on Barcelona at Camp Nou on October 26 but the booking he was awarded with in the gameweek 3 draw at Villarreal has been cancelled on Wednesday. Barca's bitter rivals will be without Toni Kroos and Luka Modric but the Brazilian is set to start now.
Florentino Perez at his best?
- Fati isn't included in Spain U17 World Cup squad
Ansu Fati is staying at Barca instead of going to the U17 World Cup in Brazil and missing a month of club football. On Wednesday, October 9, Spain U17 coach David Gordo has announced the final squad for the World Cup and there is no Fati on the list. This means that the youngster will be available for El Clasico.
- Dembele suspended for Clasico, Barca appeal dismissed
La Liga Disciplinary Committee have suspended Ousmane Dembele for two games and will miss El Clasico. Barcelona's appeal against the red card the player received in the game against Sevilla has been dismissed. Moreover, both the club and the player have been fined: Barca would have to pay 700 euros, while the for the player it's 600 euros.
- Dembele picks up a yellow in Sevilla clash, might be out of Real Madrid clash
The 4-0 Sevilla thrashing was marred by the red card controversy which happened in the dying minutes of the game. Barca debutant Ronald Araujo was sent off for the last-man foul. The referee's decision wasn't taken lightly by the Blaugrana players, especially Dembele.
The Frenchman also received the red card for saying something to the match official, Mateu Lahoz. Allegedly, it was just 'you're very bad', according to the referee's report.
- Pique picks up a yellow in Sevilla game, denies he did it on purpose
During the Sevilla clash, Gerard Pique earned himself the fifth yellow card of the season by kicking the ball to the stands. It was immediately speculated that the defender did that in order to get a potential suspension out of the way with just one game remaining until El Clasico. The defender later denied that.
- Pique may miss Clasico because of a potential suspension
Gerard Pique has already accumulated four yellow cards in La Liga. Another one could see him missing the next game. Ideally, the veteran defender should receive a booking in Sunday's fixture against Sevilla which would see him missing Eibar but not Real Madrid. Otherwise, Pique could be in danger of sitting out the most important game of the season.
- Madrid may face Barcelona without Kroos
The German sustained an adductor injury, Real Madrid official media have just confirmed. Kroos won't be available for the next three weeks which makes the Clasico the deadline day. Given the tight schedule, it remains to be seen whether Zidane risks his midfield maestro.
- Valverde assures Messi and Suarez will be 100% fit for the Real Madrid clash.
Both Leo Messi and Luis Suarez have been struggling with injuries this season. Moreover, the duo won't join their national teams for the international break. Instead, the forwards will stay with Barca and continue their work to be at their best for El Clasico, as Ernesto Valverde revealed in his Sevilla pre-match press conference.
- Barcelona overtake Real Madrid's Champions League record
Good pre-Clasico news! Barcelona have managed to cancel out Real Madrid's previous record by winning their Champions League game against Inter. The Catalans have now 33 unbeaten European home matches at Camp Nou while the Blancos boasted a record of 32 unbeaten home matches in Europe, which came between 1975 and 1990.
- Pique seems to be at war with Barca's board
- Ramos could miss the game through suspension after disgraceful insults in Madrid derby
Spanish press now claims that Madrid's captain Sergio Ramos could miss the Clasico following an incident in the match against Atletico Marid. The defender has reportedly offended the linesman's mother and might be looking at a four-game La Liga ban.
- Fati in doubt for the match
Ansu Fati's participation in the match is in doubt. The 16-year-old has recently received Spanish citizenship and rumour has it that he could be called up for the U17, U21 or for the senior team. In case Ansu leaves with the U17 squad for the World Cup, he'll miss the chance to play his first-ever Clasico.
- Date and time confirmed
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