FIFA 16 El Clasico Simulation
With the international break out of the way, it's time to shift the focus back on this weekend's slate of club soccer matches. Plenty of great matches to choose from this weekend, but none will be more anticipated than Saturday's Real Madrid-Barcelona showdown at Santiago Bernabeu.
With the hype surrounding the matchup, we decided to run a EA Sports' FIFA 16 simulation on Playstation 4. It's the best way to settle the debate of which team is better, right?
Before we begin the simulation, let's get a few disclaimers out of the way. Messi was spotted training in full for the first time since suffering his knee injury this week leading up to El Clasico. Rather than removing all of the injured players out of the lineup, we decided to keep all rosters at full strength. Just imagine that Messi pulls a Willis Reed and returns Saturday. FIFA 16 has the rights to Real Madrid's stadium, Santiago Bernabeu, and Liga BBVA so it was a cool touch to see the intro with the real Nike and adidas kits and the cool purple tifo from the fans at the stadium.
We turned on coach mode for both sides and let the computers have at it. No human players allowed. And what happened during the simulation may not surprise some.
Let's get to the action.
28' -- Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0
The Catalans take the lead on a corner kick. The Uruguayan, Luis Suarez, was at the receiving end of the corner kick, and buried the header home to give Barca the advantage.
You could argue that Keylor Navas was a bit too aggressive there and got out of position. We'll leave that to the video game pundits.
74' -- Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 0
It had be Messi. Jordi Alba had a laser of a shot ricochet off the woodwork, and the "Atomic Flea" was there to cash in on the rebound with his head. An uncharacteristic goal for Messi, who is one of the shortest players in La Liga.
After scoring what proved to be the back-breaking goal, Messi makes sure to let the folks (me) at home watching this simulation that they have this in the bag. He and his teammates found the cameraman and started celebrating the two-goal advantage at Bernabeu.
Check it out.
FT -- Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 0
Unfortunately for Real Madrid fans, Ronaldo had a pedestrian performance. He left Bernabeu without a highlight-worthy shot attempt. All the pressure from James Rodriguez and Luka Modric, who hit the post in the 90th minute.
Here are the best moments from our El Clasico simulation, none of which featured CR7. Enjoy, Barca fans.
Our own Roger Gonzalez has you covered with everything you need to know about Saturday's El Clasico.