Clasico game set for Saturday

Real Madrid will play their Primera Division home clash against

Barcelona on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2.

That will give them three days to prepare for the second leg of

their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Madrid had reportedly been hoping to stage the match on the

Friday in order to give them extra time ahead of their last-16

return trip to Old Trafford, the first leg of which takes place on

Wednesday night at the Bernabeu.

However, the kick-off time has now been confirmed by the LFP

(Spanish football league) as 1600 local time on March 2, which is

the same time as United are scheduled to start their Barclays

Premier League home match against Norwich.

That means the season’s second La Liga El Clasico is unlikely to

be screened live on television in the UK due to a clash with

domestic fixtures.

Four days prior to hosting Barca in La Liga, Madrid go to the

Nou Camp for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final in

what promises to be a crucial period for Jose Mourinho’s men.