FC Barcelona V Real Madrid: El Clasico Quick Preview
A little bit more than 24 hours before the end of this month, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will face each other at the Camp Nou in El Clasico.
Previous meetings showed that Madrid were the better side, winning 8 more times El Clasico than Barcelona in their history; nevertheless, this fact was not really visible last season, when Pep Guardiolaâ€™s Barca defeated Real 2-0 at the Camp Nou, and 6-2 at the Bernabeu Stadium to make an overall score line of 8-2.
Considering Real Madridâ€™s numerous and significant signings during the summer transfer window when they landed superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Karim Benzema and Raul Albiol; it is undoubtedly true that Real should arguably be above FC Barcelona on paper.
However, looking at both teams run this season in all competitions, it seems Barcelona are still Spainâ€™s best side; despite having dropped down to the second place last weekend in La Liga.
Barcelona have managed to reserve their top players and make them available for the FC Barcelona V Real Madrid clash. Consequently, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Thierry Henry and Dani Alves are all expected to feature against the Madrid giants.
Real Madrid are however also armed with great names on their side, but in the end, the most important things in the match will not only be based on the playersâ€™ performances, but also on the decisions of the referee, as well as the formations and substitution of the two coaches (Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini).
Who will emerge as winners? FC Barcelona, Real Madrid? Anyway, it is clear that a win for Real Madrid would take Los Blancos 4 points ahead of their bitter rivals Barcelona in the Spanish League table standings, and therefore, there could be a feel that Barcelonaâ€™s dream of winning La Liga for another time this season would be partly overshadowed.
Indeed, FC Barcelona will need to give their all in other to prevent Real Madrid from imposing themselves at the Camp Nou, but then, even if the Castellans were to get anything more than a negative result, the Catalans would not have to feel too much disappointed, as they would have been dissatisfied while playing against $270 million on their field.
Well, money, players, coaches, referees, fans â€“ all these factors will certainly have big roles to play in the FC Barcelona V Real Madrid clash on Sunday evening at the Camp Nou.
Everybody expects to see a highly-entertaining game, but perhaps, no one is looking ahead to a specific score line. If you think you can predict the final results of El Clasico, just place your bet here, on Lionelmessifan.com
Isaac Asante, LMF