Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 El Clasico: Lineups

Real Madrid will have to go all-out against Barcelona if they want to overturn their first-leg defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu and advance to the Copa del Rey semifinals. In that vein, they're playing a creative attacking lineup that features both Kaka and Mesut Ozil (although Pepe's playing in the centre of defence just in case Lionel Messi needs a good kicking or anything).

Barcelona's response? Their standard 4-3-3. It's worked against the supposed genius of Jose Mourinho the last nine times they've tried it, so why change a winning formula. Hopefully Madrid's changes will make this Clasico more fun than most.

Barcelona starting XI (4-3-3): Jose Manuel Pinto; Eric Abidal, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta; Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez.

Real Madrid starting XI (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas; Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Alvaro Arbeloa; Lassana Diarra, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Mesut Ozil; Gonzalo Higuain.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.