Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Date, times, how to watch on TV, stream online | LaLiga
Barcelona host historic rivals Real Madrid in LaLiga Santader this weekend with the chance to all but confirm a first post-Messi league title on Sunday evening. The Catalans currently sit nine points ahead of second-placed Madrid and could extend that lead to 12 with a win in El Clásico at Camp Nou.
Barcelona – Real Madrid: El Clásico live online
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When does Barcelona vs Real Madrid kick off?
The game between Barcelona vs Real Madrid starts on Sunday, 19 March 2023.
- 4:00 p.m. ET
- 1:00 p.m. PT
How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid
The following television channels and online services will be broadcasting Barcelona vs Real Madrid:
- United States: FuboTV, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes.
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview
For table-topping Barcelona, this has been a near-faultless La Liga campaign that looks set to finish with the club’s first league title since 2018/19. They sit nine points clear of eternal rivals Real Madrid and they could all but confirm their status as champions elect with a win.
The Catalan side lost the reverse fixture back in October but are unbeaten at home in the league this season, winning ten times and drawing twice in their 12 games at Camp Nou.
Across the season they have averaged an incredible 2.6 points per game and conceded just eight goals in 25 matches, putting them within reach of the best defensive record in La Liga history.
Xavi Hernandez’s side were eliminated from European competition at the hands of Manchester United but are focused on re-establishing themselves at the top of Spanish football.
FC Barcelona earned their ninth 1-0 victory in the current LaLiga season against Athletic Club in MD25, more than any other team in Top 5 European Leagues.
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While Barça have struggled in Europe and thrived in La Liga, Real Madrid’s campaign has been the exact opposite. They have toiled in the league and look set to lose their domestic crown to Barcelona, but Los Blancos have shown that they can still turn it on against Europe’s elite sides.
They dispatched Liverpool with a 6-2 aggregate win on Wednesday evening and dealt Barcelona their first La Liga defeat of the season back in October. They may have slipped from their incredible 2021/22 levels but this Madrid side retain the expertise and the technical ability required to perform in big games.
When Carlo Ancelotti’s men travel to Camp Nou this weekend they do so knowing that anything but a win will essentially hand Barça the league title. The Italian coach is expected to have a full squad to pick from for Sunday’s match, aside from the continued absense of David Alaba due to injury.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: prediction
While Barcelona have managed to grind out results in the league this season, Madrid’s big game experience tends to give them the edge in one-off matches against top opponents. This weekend, however, both sides may decide that a draw suits them fairly well.
Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: who is the referee?
Barça have been in the news in recent weeks for their historic dealings with the vice president of the Spanish referees committee. In context of the ‘Barça-gate’ scandal, the Federation’s choice of official for this weekend’s all-important clash was the subject of much interest.
The Federation have opted to give the job to Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea, who also officiated the recent Spanish Supercup Final between the two sides. De Burgos Bengoetxea is infamous among Madrid fans for his decision to send off Cristiano Ronaldo in a Clásico fixture back in 2017.
Could Barcelona Really End Up Leaving La Liga? | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors
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Josep Maria Minguella is the agent who helped broker the deals that brought Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi to Barcelona. He once ran for president of the club. His house looks down on the Camp Nou stadium.
He’s rarely missed a home game in over half a century. He’s seen a lot in his lifetime, as the club navigated their way through General Franco’s fascist dictatorship, the kidnapping of star striker Quini in 1981 and the tossing of a pig’s head at Luis Figo during a Clasico in 2002.
None of those events, though, are as seismic as the current situation the club find themselves in. Their future in La Liga hangs in the balance.
As Catalan politicians threaten secession—or trundle towards an official referendum on independence—Barca are faced with a conundrum. What would the club do if Catalonia separated from Spain? Would they be tossed out of the Spanish league, as the president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has warned, per El Confidencial? Would they look to play in another league?
“This is a situation that is out of the ordinary,” Minguella said. “In the almost 70 years that I’ve been a socio (member) of Barcelona, I’ve never witnessed a situation like this being tabled. It’s never happened. Even during the Spanish Civil War, the league was suspended for three years, from 1936 to 1939, and it resumed when the war finished. They played again with no problem. This is the first time [a situation where Barcelona could leave the league] is being discussed.”
Events of the last couple of weeks in Catalonia have shown how divisive an issue Catalan separatism has become, right across Spain, and how it is impossible for football to escape the debate and its ramifications. It was striking to watch regional television news reports, as police reinforcements set off for Catalonia from towns and cities around the country to block October 1’s unsanctioned referendum on independence.
Family, friends and neighbours lined the streets and cheered them off, brandishing Spanish flags, as if they were troops going off to war. “A por ellos, oe!” they sang, exhorting them to “go get ’em!” echoing the chant you hear bellowed around Spanish football stadiums every weekend.
When Barcelona played Las Palmas on the day of the referendum, Las Palmas’ players stitched Spanish flags onto their jerseys in a show of solidarity for Spanish nationalism.
After the game, images of the tears of Barcelona’s Gerard Pique while being interviewed on television flew around the world. He was in despair at the police brutality (warning: video may contain graphic footage) that had been unleashed on Catalan voters during the day, which included the sight of women being dragged by the hair from polling stations.
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The Spanish state’s repression of the referendum has hardened Catalan separatist sentiment. I live in Barcelona. You can feel it when you talk to people here who wouldn’t normally be extremist or “independentista.”
They’re being pushed into a corner. Catalan’s regional government is making political hay, meanwhile, and shaping up to unilaterally declare independence (a move that has been blocked by Spain’s constitutional court). It could set in motion a date when Barca would have to decide where they play their league football.
Victor Font, a potential presidential candidate at FC Barcelona in the near future, stresses it remains a hypothetical issue, saying, “We don’t have a crystal ball.” Self-interest will dictate the club’s actions. “The most logical thing would be for them to remain in La Liga despite the threats by La Liga and many other people who say it wouldn’t be possible,” he says.
“It’s basic business sense. About 70 per cent of the value of La Liga is Barca-Real Madrid. You take out one of the two, you take out El Clasico from the championship and you’re reducing a lot of La Liga’s value.
“The first entity interested in Barca playing in La Liga is La Liga itself. That’s why they threaten [to expel Barca], making FC Barcelona or Catalans think Barca would be made to play in a regional league without any major teams, [hoping] it would increase the fear of such a scenario and thus prevent it. “
Tebas, La Liga’s president, would be a pivotal figure in negotiations. His political allegiances must be taken into account.
He was a youth member of Fuerza Nueva, Spain’s “fascista” version of the British National Party. He has an entrenched position, maintaining Barca would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia secedes, for example, and refusing to allow Barca to postpone the league tie against Las Palmas unless it forfeited the game (and incurred an additional three-point penalty).
His stance reflects the hardline position of Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, who refuses to negotiate with Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s pro-independence leader.
Font believes, however, that if it came to it, a realpolitik approach would kick in: “Nobody knows what will happen, but once a new reality was accepted—which would take some time—Tebas would have to be pragmatic. He would have to adjust. It’s like a divorce. The person who doesn’t want to break up the marriage maybe threatens: ‘Oh, you’ll be alone. It’s going to be very difficult. You won’t have enough income to reach the end of the month.’ But once there is a point of no return, people negotiate.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu is having to lead Barca through choppy waters.Mark Lennihan/Associated Press
If Catalan independence came to pass, Barca would act according to the interests of their members, which numbered over 143,000 in 2016, per Diario Sport.
As president, Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board represent them. Officially, the club have adopted a neutral stance on independence, but Bartomeu said at the beginning of October that the club’s board have to consider where Barcelona would play if they were obliged to leave La Liga, per The Independent’s Jack Austin.
His reign has been pockmarked by indecisiveness—over summer transfers, over Messi’s contract renewal saga and over whether to forfeit the match against Las Palmas. Two of his directors, Carles Vilarrubi and Jordi Mones, resigned because of his decision to proceed with the match behind closed doors.
“What you’ve seen during this complex political process during the last few years is that the current board has been dubious and has not reacted so firmly and so quickly in some cases because of pressure, in some cases because of internal debates. There is an overdose of conservatism, of being extremely cautious,” says Font.
“On the day of the referendum, for example, when thousands of people were being beaten on the streets—and in my opinion it was clear that the game should not have been played—the end result was a typical Bartomeu board decision, which was neither one thing nor the other. It was somewhere in the middle.”
If Barcelona did leave La Liga, there are several possible destinations. They could play in a regional Catalan league, along with the likes of Espanyol and Girona, in the same way that, say, Bosnia established its own domestic league after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
This would cripple the club’s finances. Who would pay to see Barcelona play at the Camp Nou against Badalona and Lleida every other weekend instead of clashing against the likes of Atletico Madrid and Valencia?
It wouldn’t be in UEFA’s interests either for the Barca brand to wither. “UEFA will also be interested to find a solution,” says Minguella. “It wouldn’t want Barca to lose its power and earning potential. It would want it to continue being one of the grand clubs.”
There are precedents where Barca could play in other national leagues. Swansea City, a Welsh club, play in the English Premier League, and Monaco, a principality, play in France’s football league.
Catalonia’s tentacles spread into southern France. The dominant rugby league team in the city of Perpignan, for example, is the Catalans Dragons, whose fans sing “Els Segadors,” the Catalan national anthem, before games. Wouldn’t it make sense for Barca to play in the nearby French Ligue 1?
Raymond Domenech—who led France to the World Cup final in 2006 and has interesting family ties to Catalonia—dismisses the notion. “It would be totally crazy,” he says. “It would be impossible. They couldn’t enter Ligue 1. They are a completely Spanish club.”
Domenech’s father was 19 years old when he fled his hometown, Rubi—which is 15 kilometres from Barcelona—in 1936, just as Spain became engulfed in civil war; he came from a Republican family, which fought on the opposite side to Franco’s nationalist army. He left on foot, bound for France, where he settled and raised his family in Lyon.
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Despite Domenech’s father’s past and his connections to Catalonia—he still has family in the region—he is reluctant like other French nationals and the country’s football authorities to get embroiled in the Catalan question, even though it is a neighbour. It is a feeling of not wanting to bother in a country’s internal affairs that is reflected across Europe.
“The French Football Federation doesn’t think about it,” he says. “It’s not a problem for us in France. Catalonia has to find a solution with Spain. And afterwards Barca can make a decision about its future.”
Where that future lies is uncertain.
All quotes and information obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated.
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Review of the match Real Madrid – Barcelona March 2, 2023 1:0, score, results
Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0 away in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals
Gavi celebrates after beating Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final. Photo: REUTERS
On March 2, 2023, Barcelona players defeated Real Madrid in the first semi-final game for the Copa del Rey. The result of the duel between the two top Spanish clubs was the victory of the Catalans with a score of 1: 0, the outcome of the duel was decided by an own goal by Real Madrid defender Eder Militao. KP-Sport talks about what happened after the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on March 2, 2023.
For Real Madrid, this defeat was the first failure at home this season. The head coach of the “royal” club, Carlo Ancelotti, after the match admitted directly – the result is bad:
– The result is very bad, we did not deserve it, because we played well, intensively, not allowing Barcelona to act as they wanted. This match gives me confidence before the return. If we can play the same way, then we will have a chance. We did not deserve defeat, — quotes the words of Ancelotti Marca.
Vinicius shocked by Eder’s own goal in the semi-final of the Spanish Cup “Real Madrid” – “Barcelona”. Photo: REUTERS
Ancelotti’s opponent, Barcelona’s head coach Xavi, on the contrary, said that a lot of things went well for his team in this match. And the players showed themselves perfectly, as a whole:
– Very good result. There remains the second leg, but we are satisfied with our work. We haven’t allowed Real Madrid to do much on their own field, where they usually have a lot of chances. And today there was none until the 89th minute. I am grateful to the team, – quotes Javi Marca.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, in turn, said that it was his team that looked better in this match:
– We created enough chances to score but didn’t. They scored with a crazy goal. We were better, I believe in the team and that we can change that,” the Real Madrid midfielder said in an interview with As.
Xavi arguing with the referees in the Real Madrid-Barcelona match. Photo: REUTERS
One of the leaders of Barcelona, Sergi Busquets, immediately said bluntly that his team was successful, but there was still one more match to play against Real Madrid:
– We see that in such matches everything is very even. We won and now we have a slight advantage over the second game, — quotes the words of Sergi Busquets Football Espana.
But Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is dissatisfied with the result and said that the opponents did not deserve to win the match:
– We dominated the game. And they defended well. We conceded a goal due to a lot of bad luck. I made a save, but the ball bounced in Militao. They won when they didn’t deserve it, – Courtois is quoted as saying by As.
“Real” and “Barcelona” did without a large number of goals. Photo: Reuters
The second match between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place at Camp Nou on April 5, 2023. Based on its results, it will be known which of these two teams will play in the final of the Copa del Rey in the 2022/2023 season. It should be noted that in the other semi-final, Osasuna won Athletic at home. The current winner of the Spanish Cup is Real Betis. Barcelona have the most wins in the tournament (31), followed by Athletic Bilbao (23) and only third is Real Madrid (19).).
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Result Manchester United – Barcelona February 23, 2023: score and match statistics
The match at the Camp Nou between Barcelona and Manchester United in the playoffs of the Europa League turned out to be fiery. The first half did not give us a single goal, but in the second half of the match the clubs exchanged scored goals, and twice. Not without an offensive own goal against the “Reds”, but it can not be called a big accident either. Well, now everything will be decided in Manchester. Who will continue to fight for the trophy?
Indicative lineups for the match Manchester United – Barcelona
Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea – Wan Bissaka, Shaw, Lindelof, Varane – Casemiro, Fred, Bruno Fernandes – Sancho, Rashford, Weghorst
Out: van de Beek (knee injury), Eriksen (ankle injury), Martial (thigh injury)
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Alba, Christensen , Araujo, Kunde – De Jong, Busquets, Kessy – Fati, Lewandowski, Rafinha
Will not play: Dembele (hamstring injury), Gavi (yellow card bust), Pedri (muscle injury)
Referee: Clément Turpin
This season the referee has officiated 18 matches, averaging 2. 4 and fixing 21 fouls per match
Prediction for the main outcomes of the match Manchester United – Barcelona
In the group stage of the Europa League, Manchester United lost at home only to Real Sociedad, in the other two matches Omonia and “ Sheriff”. However, these are the clubs that the British should pass without much difficulty. But as shown by the first game at the Camp Nou, ten Haga’s wards are ready to fight on an equal footing and with more serious opponents. Considering the result of the last “lichka”, as well as the fact that “Barcelona” in the Champions League suffered two defeats in three away matches, you can play F1 (0) for 1.65 with safety net0003
Forecast for goals
However, I would like to believe that this confrontation will not be so simple. “Manchester United” in the current draw of the LE scores at home on average 1.33 goals, “Barcelona” on the road has exactly the same figures. In the last face-to-face meeting, which took place a week ago, we saw an exchange of goals. So why not repeat this outcome again? The chances are very high. Our prediction: PT (yes) for 1.66
Forecast for corner kicks
The opening match was rich in set pieces from the corner of the field – the clubs filed as many as 13 corners for two (8:5 in favor of Barcelona). According to statistics, in Manchester United’s home games this season, an average of 10 corners are served, meetings with the participation of Xavi’s wards delight us with an average of 10.67 standards from the corner of the field. A bet on UGLB (8.5) at 1.60 looks very safe here.
Prediction for yellow cards
Such a juicy sign should mean bright and beautiful football. Fighting until the last seconds and playing every moment made the players foul a lot in the first game, the teams received five cards for two. Even ten Hag got the sixth, but it is not taken into account in the statistics.