El Clásico

This weekend sees two of world football’s biggest team facing each other in what promises to be one of the biggest matches in recent La Liga history. Just like last season, Barcelona and Madrid face each other in the first half of the season with Madrid in the ascendency, and the latter will be hoping to capitalise on that fact come Saturday,as they will look to extend their lead at the top of the Spanish League by 6 points over eternal rivals Barcelona.

Since last season’s famous 5-0 defeat at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid have played against the Catalan giants an astonishing 6 times, and with each passing game it seemed as if the team from the capital have caught up to their rivals, despite the fact that they haven’t beaten them inside 90 minutes since 2008. Even though a draw against Barcelona would be a decent result, nothing less than a win would satisfy Jose Mourinho as it is vital for Madrid to gain as much a lead as possible in order to De-motivate Guardiola’s men, especially due to the fact that Barcelona have to contest in the Club World Cup, giving Real more time to rest during the winter break. 

Barcelona find themselves going into El Clasico in a very unusual predicament, as never under the guide of Josep Guardiola have Barcelona been more than a single point behind Real Madrid. They will contest against a team led by Jose Mourinho, a man who rarely loses at home in a league match, a man who has the tactical know how of stopping teams with free-flowing attacking football, someone who people describe as Guardiola’s ‘kryptonite’. Barcelona have been buoyed by the recent news that Pique is declared fit for the clash, along with Cesc Fabregas, who played magnificently against Levante. 

Since 2007, the team that comes out on top on aggregate from both El Clasico matches has gone on to win La Liga, therefore this Saturday we might get a better understanding as to which of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will lift the La Liga trophy come May. 

Here at the false 9,we will be previewing the el clasico with a series of articles.So keep checking this blog all week long,so that tactically you will be ready for the big match. If you have anything interesting to say or want to contribute to this series,please feel free to contact us.

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