Real Madrid vs Barcelona in Las Vegas: how to watch online and on TV

Real Madrid vs Barcelona in Las Vegas: how to watch online and on TV

Published July 23, 2022
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There is no bigger game in Spanish football, and few to compare in world football, than El Clásico, and fans in the United States will be able to see the two teams meet in a pre-season friendly (it’s never really ‘friendly’) clash.

Originally, Real Madrid’s chief enemies were neighbours Atlético but their rivalry with Barcelona has steadily grown since the post-war years after the Catalan club suffered a harrowing 11-1 thrashing in the Copa del Generalísimo semi-final. By the time Barça had picked up their second league title in 1945, pipping Madrid to the trophy by just one point, they were now viewed as a direct threat. In Spain that rivalry has been fiercely played out in LaLiga with Madrid’s 35 titles compared to Barça’s 26, and in the Copa which the Blaugranas have dominated – 31 titles to Madrid’s 19.

For a decade, El Clásico gained maximum exposure because of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi and almost became a direct battle between the two top players on the planet. Both have departed and Madrid have had the edge in the last few years although Xavi’s Barça hope to redress the balance with a raft of new signings including Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.

Madrid have also been busy retouching their squad, strengthening the team defensively with the additions of Antonio Rüdiger and Aurelien Tchouaméni. Ancelotti’s 28-man squad arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday and have been training at UCLA’s facilities. Four Castilla players have made the trip – goalkeepers Luis López and Lucas Cañizares, right-back Vinicius Tobias and striker Juanmi Latasa.