Barcelona complete preparations ahead Atletico Madrid game

Sunday, 15 Dec, 2019

"The RFEF will apply the regulations in force both before and during and after the game if there are situations of force majeure or circumstances in which the application of sports discipline is necessary".

"We are not going to talk about what is going to happen on Wednesday. The important one is tomorrow". It had lost its last five league games against Barcelona.

He added: "The decision (as to whether Casemiro plays) is up to the coach".

"I can say that the Clasico will be played, it will not be postponed again", Bartomeu stated at a Christmas press occasion in Barcelona.

Ernesto Valverde's team is getting a bit of a boost as according to Diario Sport, both Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba are set to be back for this game with Alba certain to feature from the start.

Yet while sections of the Spanish media bemoaned the consistency of the officials, Valverde was more measured in his post-match comments.

That is four hours before kick-off in the biggest match of the LaLiga season so far, which was moved from October 26 to its December date following civil unrest in Catalonia.

Barcelona had won seven straight matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions. I am sorry but I will not tell you if I have it in my head.

"It will be hard not to rotate because we have three good, important games, and close to each other".

The Blaugrana were denied three points this weekend in their defence of their title, having been outplayed for lengthy periods by an opposition side that saw Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard star.

And Barcelona will be looking to record their second consecutive victory since being humiliated in the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain after they narrowly beat Leganes 2-1 in unconvincing fashion at the Nou Camp last time round.