The El Clasico is usually the biggest game in club football as the world stops for 90 minutes to watch heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid slug it out.
This time the match will be played at the Nou Camp in front of a noisy 99,354 fans and like always the emotions will run high as fans of both sides seek to push their teams beyond the normal limits.
Luis Enrique will be the happier of the two managers going into this battle having destroyed their bitter rivals 4-0 win in the reverse fixture at the prestigious Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last October under the guidance of Rafa Benitez who was later sacked and in came Zinedine Zidane.
The Frenchman can be described as a rookie coach but the players seem to have embraced his philosophy and want to play for him which is great news but against Barcelona inspired by a menacing front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar popularly christened MSN, it will be difficult to say the least.
Real Madrid haven’t had a stable backline this season with Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo suffering their fair share of injuries which has contributed to lackluster defending in some games this season.
Naturally, the Los Blancos struggles against well-organized teams not to imagine a Barcelona side that will deny them the ball all day. The best bet for Madrid in Saturday’s fixture is to heavily rely on the counter-attack and make each chance count.
Both teams are high scoring side, well, that’s understandable as the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Karem Benzema, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo will find the back of the net at will against any team on the face of the planet.
Surprisingly, Real Madrid have conceded 28 goals this season just four more than Barcelona heading into the El Clasico but it is Zidane’s men that needs to be more wary at the back as Ramos and Pepe are massive hot heads and have a thing for attracting red card even when the referee is determined not to show even a yellow.
Will Barcelona beat Madrid by another 4-0? It doesn’t look likely as the Los Blancos looks fitter at the stage of the season and riding at the back of four straight wins in the league going into the El Clasico.
Villareal showed Real Madrid how to dug-in against Barcelona as they came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw in a La Liga game played just before the international break but in a derby such as the El Clasico it is a different ball game as the stakes are higher.
Another show of class from Barcelona at the Nou Camp and a win could effectively rule out Madrid chances of winning the league this season with only eight matches left to be played and from us here, a win for the hosts looks likely on Saturday.
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