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El Clasico Are Real Madrid better off without Gareth Bale?

El Clasico Are Real Madrid better off without Gareth Bale?

Neymar served that suspension last weekend as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 3-2.

The 25-year-old has scored nine goals in 26 La Liga appearances this season.

And if Barca lose out on the title to Real Madrid, serious questions will be raised about how they failed to strengthen their thin squad despite spending so much money trying to fix it. But this would mark the first time since 2012 that it hasn't won La Liga or the Champions League or both.

Real Madrid could also be without their full compliment of forwards.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid's El Clásico matches generate over $40m in media value for sponsors, however live TV broadcasts now account for less than half of that figure, highlighting the need for brands to better understand the worth of the different media platforms available to them.

Barca were down in third, with Villarreal the side between them and Real. While Barcelona has won 21 of 31 games, they played.

"They had to make apasillo and we had to go through, and then after partying for three days, we also won 4-1".

He is playing fewer games than ever because Zinedine Zidane has managed to convince him that in order to have greater effect in the matches that matter, he needs to sit-out more of the games that don't.

It is nearly 12 years to the day since the diminutive Argentine netted his first, against Albacete in the Camp Nou, and there could not be a better time to bring up the magic number, particularly in a week that began with his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo netting a record 100th Champions League goal.

Ronaldo was certainly more decisive as Madrid qualified for the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday thanks in part to his hat-trick against Bayern Munich.

The Catalans splurged over 120 million euros ($128.5 million) to give coach Luis Enrique the opportunity to rest his most prized assets and avoid the burnout which lead to them nearly throwing away the league title last season. "We have to get ready and compete and I am sure we will do that". So far it's working - if he scores on Sunday, April will have been his most prolific month this season.

Real are without defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane on Sunday at the Bernabeu. The season will be over bar a Copa del Rey final against Alaves at the end of the season.


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