The Catalans are just a point behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga, with Los Blancos a further two points behind.
Despite the fact that the match will not be decisive for either team, given the fact that there are still 24 points to be gained, this is one of the most significant Clasico in recent memory.
The match is always fraught with intrigue, and this year’s version has been no different, with the referee being replaced before a single ball has been kicked in frustration.
Mateu Lahoz, who was named to the fixture, has been hospitalized, according to the official website of the Spanish Football Federation, as quoted by Sport.
EXCLUSIVE Gil Manzano in the replacing Mateu Lahoz here Clasico In his absence, the RFEF has named Gil Manzano, another veteran of these tournaments, who will now be in charge of maintaining order at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Mateu Lahoz, the referee for Saturday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, has suffered an injury and will be substituted by Gil Manzano, according to the Spanish Football Federation.
Gil Manzano was the referee for Real Madrid’s 4-1 defeat to Valencia in Mestalla, a disputed match in which Madrid was awarded three penalties. He also oversaw Real’s victory over Athletic Bilbao and the 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad.
Mateu Lahoz prefers to keep the game flowing by allowing all sides to play with strength and physicality, while Gil Manzano takes a more conservative approach.
It’s a vital match for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, who need to win to keep competing for the Liga title against Atletico de Madrid in the 2020-2021 season. Whoever loses this game will be eliminated from the title chase, and a draw may not be beneficial to either team.