Real Madrid stars ruled out of Barcelona tie

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta during training ahead of Real Madrid clash

Barcelona's season has, however, had one blemish: they were dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals by AS Roma, leaving Real Madrid and Liverpool to progress to the final and denying the Blaugrana a chance of a treble.

Despite being embroiled in a contentious rivalry, Real Madrid should probably own up to and do it.

"I'm not the one who decides", Zidane said on Saturday. Before the game it will be like that, but when it starts I do not think there will be little expectation.

"But we're not going to do something for them which they didn't do for us". "If anyone isn't 100% fit they won't play, but the rest of them will".

Carvajal was an expected absentee, having suffered an injury during Madrid's 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. In his absence, Zidane has the inexperienced Achraf Hakimi, the versatile Nacho and Lucas Vazquez as his options.

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But Real struck back before the quarter-hour through Cristiano Ronaldo, who tapped home a headed Karim Benzema pass from close range after some nice build-up play from Zinedine Zidane's team.

Barca host Real as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions but Zidane's side will not perform a "pasillo", the tradition of players applauding their opponents onto the pitch.

Raphael Varane had been an injury doubt heading into the weekend after being forced to sit out training during the week due to a calf injury.

He added: "To become invincible in a competition isn't something you can do every year, especially now when La Liga is more competitive and the teams are getting better and better. He's an important player in everyone's eyes and right across the game he's a role model in terms of his dedication and how he motivates others". Luka Modric and Toni Kroos should retain their places in the side, and will be the creative forces of the visitors.

And the miss would prove costly for Barca when Bale scored with a spectacular first-time shot two minutes later, curling the ball around Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a Marco Asensio assist. "Tomorrow we will travel, then we will see if there is any change".

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