Jose Mourinho backed for Real Madrid return by former president Ramon Calderon

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Barcelona face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday (15:15 GMT) - but for the first time in almost 11 years, one of football's most famous rivalries will feature neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo.

Let's take a look at the probable starting eleven that'll hope to pick up all three points and extend Real Madrid's four match unbeaten run at Camp Nou.

The veteran Spanish midfielder then spoke on the current state of the group with Inter remaining in second place despite their loss at the Camp Nou. It boils down to not having a finisher like Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Clasico action for Real Madrid.

Following the match, fans took to social media to hail Barcelona's "team effort" and emphatic victory even with Messi on the sidelines.

"We also could've scored over the course of the game but they were stronger than us and deserved to win".

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National Guard troops can perform those same functions, so it was not immediately clear why active-duty forces were sought. The troops are part of a security operation that is expected to be up and running by October 30.

However, the victory has been soured somewhat by rumours coming out of Spain that have suggested Barcelona's talisman, Messi, is keen for the Catalan giants to make Salah their No. 1 target. Madrid are in need of a win to move forwards.

Barcelona decimated their arch-rivals at Santiago Bernabeu with goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Alexis Vidal.

"This result is a great confidence boost for all of us and when Sunday brings the Clasico we'll be so up for it", Rafinha told Movistar, with Ernesto Valverde's side one point clear at the top of LaLiga. Madrid created very little, and the likes of Ronaldo and Bale were kept quiet by the Catalonian defence. Lopetegui has waited a long time to be at the centre of one of these collisions.

Messi fell and fractured his right arm on October 20 during the first half of Barça's 4-2 La Liga win against Sevilla, and is expected to miss the next five matches, according to a statement released by the club.

"I'm looking at several options, several players who can play in that position or we could change the system". There's no doubt Barcelona is likely to win, but don't be shocked if the unexpected happens.

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