Barcelona vs Real Madrid LIVE: El Clasico action as Xavi faces arch rivals for the first time as manager of Catalans in Spanish Super Cup semi-final clash in Saudi Arabia
- Barcelona face Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Riyadh
- It is the first time Barca coach Xavi Hernandez will take on Real in the dugout
- Real are in much better form, topping LaLiga with 17 points more than Barca
- This is the first meeting between the two rivals in a competitive game abroad
- Latest La Liga news, including live action and results
Barcelona face Real Madrid in a Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Saudi Arabia in what could potentially be a harrowing night for the Catalans.
This is Xavi Hernandez’s first Clasico since becoming Barca coach and he has admitted that right now Real are far superior to his side.
While Real are flying high at the top of LaLiga, Barca are all the way down in sixth, trailing their fierce rivals by a whopping 17 points.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric taking on Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong earlier this season
Xavi enjoyed many wins over Real as a player and meets them for the first time as coach
Carlo Ancelotti’s side go into the game in confident mood after a 4-1 win over Valencia, while Barcelona were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Granada in their last outing, conceding an 89th-minute equaliser.
Follow Sportsmail’s Richard Martin for live coverage of the match in Riyadh, including build-up, team news and updates.