CNA – Normal service has resumed in La Liga with bitter rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona jostling for supremacy after last season when the Catalan giants were never in contention.
After Real Madrid dropped their first points of the campaign in a 1-1 home draw against Osasuna last Sunday, Spain’s habitual top two were locked together at the top of standings on 19 points.
Both Real and Barca play important games over the weekend as they look to build momentum ahead of their El Clasico showdown on October 16.
Real will make a 30-minute journey south of the Spanish capital to face Getafe today while Barcelona host a dangerous Celta Vigo side, who defeated Real Betis 1-0 last weekend.
After breezing past Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real side will be looking to bounce back from last week’s draw when they travel to Getafe, where they lost last season.
The Italian has been able to rely on in-form attacking duo Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema to produce the goods and will be looking forward to the probable return of Luka Modric, who has been nursing a hip injury suffered while on international duty with Croatia.
Real will face Shakhtar again next week in a match that could secure them early qualification to the round of 16 and a morale boost before El Clasico. Things are looking more complicated in Europe for Barca. While on a six-game winning streak in LaLiga with striker Robert Lewandowski on a roll, they have lost two consecutive Champions League games and will host Celta knowing that they face a crucial encounter against Inter Milan three days later at Camp Nou.