Real Madrid take full-strength squad to El Clasico

El Clasico

Real Madrid have named their 20-man squad to face Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday evening at the Camp Nou, with the 'BBC' set to rival Barca's 'MSN'.

Real Madrid have named their 20-man squad to face Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday evening at the Camp Nou, with the 'BBC' set to rival Barca's 'MSN'.

Real Madrid have struggled to find their form in recent weeks, while Barcelona have refused to take their foot off the pedal and have regained top spot in La Liga.

This Sunday's El Clasico at the Camp Nou could determine who wins the La Liga title and manager Carlo Ancelotti has called on every available player to travel to Barcelona.

Two names that have not made the squad are Sami Khedira, who has battled gastroenteritis and will miss what could likely be the final Clasico of his career, as his contract with the club expires in June.

Fabio Coentrao has also been left in Madrid as he continues to battle injuries.

However, Ancelotti has an ambitious combination of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale who are motivated to get over their recent slumps while the return of Sergio Ramos gives them much-needed leadership at the back.

While Real’s fearsome front three will likely be required to deliver in order for a positive result to be secured, Ancelotti will also be looking for his creative influences , such as Luka Modric, to keep things ticking over and his defensive unit to contain Barcelona’s array of forward-thinking talent.

Real Madrid’s full 20-man squad list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Keylor Navas and Pacheco

Defenders: Raphael Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Nacho

Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Lucas Silva, Luka Modric, Isco and Asier Illarramendi

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Chicharito and Jese.

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