LaLiga Starting XI: Real Madrid v FC Barcelona 02 March 2019

Leo Messi celebrating a goal

Los Blancos are now nine points behind Barcelona in third and a win for the reigning La Liga champions would see them take one huge step towards retaining the title. Yet they are nine points behind Barcelona, who sit comfortably at the top of La Liga with 57 points after 25 matches. A brace from Luis Suarez inspired Barca to a 3-0 win in the second leg of the Copa del Rey earlier this week.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been the talk of social media for his on-field behavior during Saturday's El Clasico versus Barcelona at Estasio Santiago Bernabeu, with social media users quick to condemn the player.

Madrid controlled much of Wednesday's game only for poor finishing to let them down and Barcelona will have to find a way to deal with Vinicius Jr on Saturday.

The two sides also played in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, which Madrid lost 3-0. Barcelona, meanwhile, have now edged ahead by 96 wins to 95 and become the first away team to win four consecutive games at the Bernabeu in LaLiga history.

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Los Blancos only have Nacho's absence to deal with, while the Catalan giants have no new injury concerns to contend with.

The LaLiga Santander weekend finishes back in Madrid on Monday night, where suburban side Leganes look to continue their excellent home record against a Levante side who have proved themselves to be very unsafe on the road. Solari was not wrong when he spoke about limiting Barcelona's chances but the onus will be to improve the efficiency in front of goal and work on the negatives with one eye on the crucial Champions League tie against Ajax.

Following another lacklustre Clasico showdown, Real Madrid's last league victory in the fixture was back in April 2016 when Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo helped secure a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp.

Santiago Solari, Real's manager, cut a distressed figure on the touchline. And along with that what may seem impossible today, may not look so out of reach tomorrow. Losing effectively would end Real Madrid's hopes of winning a domestic trophy this season.

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