Luis Suarez to start for Barca in El Clasico

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Barcelona’s record signing Luis Suarez makes his debut against Real Madrid on Saturday after being named in the starting line-up for the biggest game in club football.

Suarez — who is making his return to competitive football after serving a four month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini — is part of an all-star South American front three for the La Liga leaders also including Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Messi is looking to make history at the Bernabeu as he is just one goal short of matching Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 La Liga goals.

Xavi is also surprisingly selected ahead of Croatian Ivan Rakitic in midfield, whilst coach Luis Enrique has also preferred the extra height of Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu to Jordi Alba at left-back.

There were no surprises in the Madrid team as Cristiano Ronaldo spearheads a Real attack missing the injured Gareth Bale.

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Real Madrid: Iker Casillas (capt), Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Dani Carajal; Isco, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Barcelona: Claudio Bravo; Jeremy Mathieu, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi (capt), Andres Iniesta; Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez

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