Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 El Clasico: Los Merengues Light On Midfielders

Real Madrid have arrived in Barcelona, and they've arrived there without a couple of their questionable central midfield players. If Jose Mourinho wants to play for a draw against Barcelona in El Clasico and pack the center of midfield, he's going to have to use a makeshift setup. Neither Lassana Diarra or Nuri Sahin made the trip for Real Madrid, so obviously neither of them will be in the 18-man squad.

Madrid are also without defender Ricardo Carvalho as well, so they will not be able to play Pepe as a midfield anchor man, one option that Mourinho has used in the past. If Mourinho feels like he needs a third player deep in the center, his makeshift options are Fabio Coentrao, Esteban Granero and Kaka. Granero -- normally a wide player -- has played in the center recently when Sami Khedira was out with injury, and he performed well in that role.

We'll have pre-game and live game coverage in our Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 2012 El Clasico StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid and FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.

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.