Real Madrid vs Barcelona live stream: El Clasico, how to watch online, time, team news

Although it is only preseason, El Clasico in Las Vegas has evolved into quite the spectacle ahead of a La Liga season in which Barcelona is vying to unseat Real Madrid for the championship.

After losing out on Kylian Mbappe to PSG, Real Madrid was still able to bolster the team by signing Antonio Rudiger and Aurelin Tchouameni. While Los Blancos appear to have an elderly group, they are prepared for life when midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos retire, and Eduardo Camavinga will likely play a larger part this season.

With Gareth Bale’s salaries officially off the books, Real Madrid will have the financial means to pursue anybody they want in the future.

Speaking of spending power, Barcelona came into the summer with none, but were able to secure quite a haul in the transfer market thanks to a slew of agreements.

Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen have already joined Xavi’s squad. Even with this foursome, they aren’t out of the woods yet, as Jules Kounde and Cesar Azpilicueta might yet enter the fray.

Because of the amount of turnover at Barcelona, this is a crucial preseason, which is why this edition of El Clasico means significance even if no points or prizes are at stake.

Sergino Dest and Memphis Depay are two names that come to mind as players who will need to impress if they want to stay at Barcelona.

Dest won’t be able to move forward as much behind Raphinha, thus he’ll need to improve on defense, while Depay is now the third choice attacker or winger.

The encounter will be a nice litmus test for Xavi following a scrimmage against Inter Miami in which they scored six goals and Raphinha began his Barcelona scoring account. Friendship matches with Real Madrid and Juventus will not affect income either.

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How to watch and odds
Date: Saturday, July 23 | Time: 11 p.m. ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium — Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: FS2 | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Real Madrid

It’s difficult to predict how Real Madrid will approach this game. It’s a wonderful opportunity for younger players to put their skills to the test against Barcelona, since Carlo Ancelotti’s starting team is virtually established for the season.

There are indications that Ancelotti has been testing Eden Hazard as a false nine in training, so it is something to keep an eye on.

Otherwise, it’s simply another practice match before they defend their league and Champions League championships.

Barcelona

While lineups in friendlies don’t really important, all eyes will be on Xavi and Frenkie de Jong. With Manchester United still interested in the midfielder, he was played as a center defender during the Inter Miami friendly, although he will be required in midfield if he continues at Barcelona this season, unless Xavi opts for a back three system.

Observing how Barcelona attacks the game will be crucial as Xavi plans his rotations for both the league and the Champions League.


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