FC Barcelona (FCB) play the first El Clasico of 2022-23 against Real Madrid in their third pre-season fixture at the Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, July 24. The match will start at 8:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Xavi’s FCB began their pre-season 2022-23 with a 1-1 draw against local team Olot before registering a 6-0 rout of Inter Miami in the first game of their US tour.
New signing Raphinha contributed a goal and two assists in his debut outing for the Blaugrana as goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Memphis Depay and Ousmane Dembele earned Barcelona their first win of the pre-season schedule.
Barcelona’s pre-season squad has been boosted with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. The Poland captain signed a four-year contract with the Catalan club, and could make his first bow for La Liga giants against Real Madrid on Sunday.
The Blaugrana’s other signings, Frank Kessie and Andreas Christensen, also made their debuts for the 26-time Spanish champions.
Meanwhile, current La Liga and UEFA Champions League champions Real Madrid begin their three-match pre-season 2022-23 tour against Barcelona. Los Blancos have made a solitary addition in defender Antonio Rudiger, who arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea.
In turn, Real Madrid saw seven players depart the club including long-serving players Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale. The trio, who won multiple domestic and continental titles during their stay at the club, left the Galacticos following the conclusion of their respective contracts.
As far as the head-to-head is concerned, Barcelona have the advantage with 116 wins in 282 matches across all competitions - including exhibition games (friendlies). Real Madrid, on the other hand, have 104 wins.
However, when it comes to the El Clasico head-to-head in official matches, Real have won 100 games in contrast to Barcelona’s 97 victories in 249 meetings.
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena
Defenders: Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba, Oscar Mingueza, Samuel Umtiti, Eric Garcia, Andreas Christensen
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Riqui Puig, Nico Gonzalez, Pedri, Sergio Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Alex Collado, Franck Kessie, Miralem Pjanic
Forwards: Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Martin Brathwaite, Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha
Real Madrid squad
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Éder Militão, David Alaba, Jesús Vallejo, Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Lucas Vázquez, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Dani Ceballos, Eduardo Camavinga
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinícius Júnior, Rodrygo, Mariano
Where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid pre-season friendly live in India?
The Barcelona vs Real Madrid pre-season friendly will be telecast on the Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 1 HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of the Barcelona vs Real Madrid pre-season friendly will be available on the SonyLIV app and website.
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