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23rd Apr 2017

Gareth Bale is back as Real Madrid and Barcelona name teams ahead of El Clasico

Advantage Madrid?

Conan Doherty

Gareth Bale is back, Neymar is out.

Barcelona will be operating without their player of the season as the club finally admitted defeat in their appeal over the Brazilian’s suspension. Neymar misses out on Sunday’s El Clasico clash at the Bernabeu whilst their great rivals have received a very timely boost.

The return of Gareth Bale sees poor Isco miss out on the team yet again but it gives Zinedine Zidane’s outfit that frighteningly infamous look about them once more.

Real Madrid

By contrast, Luis Enrique’s side continually looks like it is lacking in balance and the loss of Neymar is massive.


Real are through to another Champions League semi-final whilst the Catalan giants have been licking their wounds since Juventus kicked them to the kerb on Wednesday night.

If Madrid win this one, they’ll be coasting to a first La Liga title in five years.

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