Midfield maestro Xavi set to make Barca record against Real Madrid

Ahram Online, Friday 20 Apr 2012

Xavi will make his 32nd ‘Claisco’ appearance when Barcelona take on Real Madrid on Saturday


Xavi is set to make a new Barcelona record when his side play arch-rivals Real Madrid in Saturday’s ‘Clasico’.

The midfield maestro would become the Barcelona player to have made the most appearances against Real Madrid if he took part in the anticipated Spanish La Liga clash, the Catalan club said on their official website.

His expected 32nd appearance in one of the world’s most exciting duels will see him surpass late Barcelona defender Joan Segarra, who holds the team’s appearances record against Real Madrid with 31 matches.

Defender Carles Puyol can also equal the record of most home appearances against Real Madrid if he plays on Saturday. Former Barca defender Migueli holds the record with 13 games.

Real Madrid are on top of the league table with 85 points, four ahead of Barca with fives matches to go.

Barcelona are eyeing their fourth consecutive league crown while Real are looking to win their first title since 2008.

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