This weekend will see the world’s eyes focused on the Nou Camp, where Barcelona host the Bianconeri’s Champions League rivals Real Madrid in the famous ‘El Clásico’ fixture on Saturday evening.
After maintaining their 100 per cent Group B record with Wednesday night’s 2-0 triumph over Juventus, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will now try and shatter their rivals’ imperious start to the season by recording a victory in the 167th La Liga meeting between the two traditional powerhouses of Spanish football.
And it’s not just bragging rights at stake either, as a Real Madrid success would put them level with Barca on 25 points at the summit of the league table, thus reigniting their title push which suffered a recent setback following a 1-0 home defeat to inter-city rivals Atletico.
Also involved in away contests are the Bianconeri’s two remaining Group B rivals, FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray, who both play on Sunday.
The Danes travel to Randers looking to build on last weekend’s 3-0 victory which lifted them clear of the relegation zone and into a position of mid-table safety, while the Turks will aim to record their second domestic success under the stewardship of Roberto Mancini with a win over Kayserispor.