El Clasico: Barcelona's 'Invincibles' dream faces Real Madrid test

The visitor will be hoping to inflict upon Barcelona its first league defeat of the campaign, ensuring the Blaugrana doesn't finish the season undefeated. 

Iniesta had announced last month he will be moving to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season.   -  GETTY IMAGES

As Spanish champion, Barcelona welcomes Real Madrid to the Camp Nou on Sunday after clinching the La Liga title last weekend, much of the fuss has centred around whether Madrid would welcome the host with a guard of honour.

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With Los Blancos' manager, Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos showing little interest in observing the tradition, the visitor's biggest motivation would be to inflict upon Barcelona its first league defeat of the campaign, ensuring the Blaugrana doesn't finish the season undefeated. 

The encounter assumes greater significance for Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who will be bringing the curtain down on a phenomenally successful career at the club. He will be hoping to sign off on a winning note.

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Iniesta had announced last month he will be moving to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season.

The match might also be the last time Madrid's record signing Gareth Bale lines up in this fixture. The injury-prone winger has fallen out of favour with Zidane for big-ticket games.

Team news

Iniesta was involved in full training on Friday after having recovered from a minor calf injury and will be expected to make the starting line-up. Sergi Samper is the only player missing through injury for Barcelona.

Madrid, which faces Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26, will be cautious to not add any more members to its injury list. Right-back Dani Carvajal (hamstring) will miss the trip with teenager Achraf Hakimi taking his place.

Isco (shoulder) and Raphael Varane (calf) also remain doubtful starters.

Expected line-ups

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

Real Madrid (4-4-2): Navas; Hakimi, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Asensio; Benzema, Ronaldo

Stats

Of Cristiano Ronaldo's 24 league goals this season, 20 have come since the turn of the year.

Lionel Messi has four hat-tricks in the league this season, his best effort since the eight trebles in the 2011-12 season.

No Spanish team has gone onto finish the season undefeated previously. Barcelona is just four matches away from achieving the feat and earning 'The Invincibles' tag.