As the eagerly awaited El Clasico fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid approaches, four key players from the Catalan side are at risk of missing the clash through suspension. Four Barcelona players Sergio Busquets, Raphinha, Ferran Torres. Franck Kessie are all currently walking a disciplinary tightrope. One more yellow card each potentially leading to a one-match ban.
Sergio Busquets, the veteran midfielder and Barcelona captain. He has been a crucial figure for the Blaugrana since making his debut in 2008. However, his combative style of play means he is often prone to picking up bookings. He has already accumulated four yellow cards in La Liga this season. Another caution in the upcoming games against Cadiz and. Real Sociedad would see him miss the biggest game of the season against Real Madrid.
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Raphinha, the Brazilian winger who joined Barcelona from Leeds United last summer, has been a revelation in his debut season at the Camp Nou. His pace and trickery have caused problems for opposition defenders. He has contributed four goals and six assists in La Liga so far. However, he has also received four yellow cards, and a fifth against Cadiz or Real Sociedad would see him miss the El Clasico.
Four Barcelona players Ferran Torres, the Spanish forward who joined Barcelona from Manchester City last summer, has also made a positive start to his career in Catalonia. He has scored four goals in La Liga, including a hat-trick against Levante in January, and has formed a promising partnership with fellow forward Memphis Depay. However, like Busquets and Raphinha. He has also received four yellow cards, and another against Cadiz or Real Sociedad would rule him out of the El Clasico.
Franck Kessie, the Ivorian midfielder who joined Barcelona on loan from AC Milan in January. He has brought energy and physicality to the Blaugrana midfield. He has quickly become a fan favorite at the Camp Nou. With his all-action displays earning him comparisons to former Barcelona great Yaya Toure. However, he has already received three yellow cards in just five appearances for his new club. Meaning he is just one mistimed challenge away from a suspension.