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Bale returns to boost Real ahead of Barcelona showdown

Bale returns to boost Real ahead of Barcelona showdown

With just 3 points separating the two sides at the top of La Liga and the season nearing its conclusion this clash promises to have a huge bearing on the outcome of the title.

That stunning result eventually led to the replacement of coach Rafa Benitez by Zinedine Zidane, the former Madrid and France great who had never held a head-coaching job. In their last Liga meeting, the score was a 1-1 draw.

Barcelona legend Xavi is backing them to win the El Clasico.

A win on Sunday will see Madrid move six points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over Barcelona. "But we have to make sure that it affects us as little as possible".

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Neymar was handed the punishment for sarcastically applauding the fourth official after being shown a second yellow card in the 2-0 loss at Malaga earlier this month. "We are not going through our best moment but we can still win".

Coming off their defeat to Juventus in Champions League, Barcelona aren't completely out of options, and they will take the case to the RFEF's Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday as their last recourse.

The RFEF competition committee deemed that worthy of an additional two-game ban, meaning Neymar will miss league games against Real Sociedad, Madrid and Osasuna.

Real are now three points clear at the top of the table and progressed to the last four of the Champions League with a win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday and now have a game in hand on Barcelona, who have won just once in their last four games in all competitions. Yet, barring a setback, the news from Real Madrid is a positive as there are still three days left for the star to recover full fitness.


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