3) The Defensive Setup
In the last match, the defensive setup was not favouring Barca since the men in white kept opening up the defence time and time again. The Catalans played a four at the back system and they tried to keep a high line as well. The problem with this was Madrid’s wingers were much faster than Barca’s full-backs and thus it was very easy for the men in white to expose the Blaugrana’s defence. This time, however, things might be a bit different as Xavi knows about the pace advantage. Ronald Araujo might also be back in the team and that would be another big plus for the team.
The main difference, however, will be on the wings since the midfield will most likely be dominated by the Catalans. Another big advantage for Barca will be the fact that Karim Benzema will be missing the game due to an injury. This will make it a bit easier for the duo of Araujo and Gerard Pique however, Vinicius and Rodrygo might still cause some nuisance.
2) Barca’s new attacking options
Barca revitalized their attack in the winter transfer window and it is finally time to test their new attack against their biggest rivals. The likes of Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been fantastic and the Gabonese striker has even scored seven goals in just 10 appearances. The former Arsenal captain is looking quite unstoppable and his eye for goals has really helped the Catalans in front of the net. After losing Lionel Messi, they really needed a new goalscorer and it seems like Aubameyang is a good temporary fix to that problem.
Torres has also managed to make a good impression so far, having scored five goals in all competitions while also providing four assists. The Spaniard took some time to start off however, he is looking in good shape right now and along with Aubameyang and Traore, Real will have a tough time keeping a clean sheet.