The Primera Liga champions face a quick turnaround after playing at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi as they host their arch-rivals at the Bernabeu seven days after action ends in UAE.
Primera Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday that the first clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played on December 23 at 1pm (4pm UAE time).
The clash was expected to take place on December 20 as part of a full mid-week round of fixtures before Spain’s winter break.
Due to Primera Liga’s ambition of rivalling the Premier League’s interest around the world and getting television rights deals to match, Tebas has engineered radical changes to kick-off times in Spain with Asian audiences in mind.
Real’s 1-1 draw with Levante on Saturday lunchtime went head-to-head with Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Liverpool in a sign of intent.