The El Clasico is the most watched game in the world because it involves arguably the best teams in world football, Barcelona and Real Madrid filled with players of Galaticos value, guess Casemiro doesn’t fall into that bracket yet but it may just be a game for him to outshine the best.
On Saturday at the 99,354 capacity Nou Camp this titans will clash with their array of stars on display but while the focus of fans across the world center on, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar (MSN) vs Karem Benzema, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo (BBC) show, I reckon that Casemiro may just steal the show and emerge the main star of the El Clasico.
The 24-year-old is starting to gain value under manager Zinedine Zidane this season after starting this campaign on the fringes of the team majorly because sacked boss Rafa Benitez is not a fan of the former São Paulo star.
Amazingly, the club believes in the defensive midfielder and showed it by extending his contract to 2021 after he returned from his season long loan at FC Porto where he managed four goals in 40 matches – his powerful freekick goal against Basel could have easily won the goal of the season as it showed a deadly precision an effort even Cristiano Ronaldo could’ve been proud of.
Real Madrid have struggled with a perfect midfield combination against Barcelona in recent years and it was evident in the reverse fixture when the away side dominated play as usual anyways but the ease at which they glide through the defensive partnership of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos left much to be desired.
Zidane has recognized this and brought Casemiro into the team to block threats from midfield for the Los Blancos and although it has not paid off 100%, it is still Real Madrid’s best chance of matching Luis Enrique’s tricky midfielders led by the majestic Andreas Iniesta and very consistent Sergio Busquets.
Casemiro has continued to show his importance to Real Madrid under the guidance of the Frenchman because apart from shielding the back four, the Brazilian pops up with vital goals like he showed two weekends ago when he scored a late winner for the 10-man Los Blancos side away to Las Palmas.
Real Madrid followed that win with a comprehensive 4-0 home win against Sevilla at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu which keeps them in hunt for the La Liga title this season and a win on Saturday night against bitter rivals Barcelona could further strengthen that hope.