After almost half a year of waiting, football fans across the globe will once more feel the joy of watching the most intense football rivalry of the past years. Barça against Real, Messi against Ronaldo, Spanish champions against European champions or simply put – El Clasico.
Despite Barcelona romping their way to this season’s La Liga championship, the Spanish top flight provides us with one more highlight before we are sent into the dire summer months of having to live without first-class European football.
While this El Clasico, unlike many of the teams’ duels in the past, doesn’t enjoy title-winning importance, it is still a game that neither team wants to lose. Bragging rights between these two fanbases are probably considered the most important outside of local derbies and neither team can afford defeat.
Due to their poor domestic performances, coupled with a pair of draining Champions League matches against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid are entering the Camp Nou as the underdogs this time around.
However, this status may be unbefitting of Zinedine Zidane’s highly motivated Galacticos, as we look at five reasons why Real Madrid will be victorious in the 238th El Clasico.
While Real Madrid are unfamiliar with being the ‘underdogs’ and would certainly not class themselves as such, it could ease the pressure on the Champions League finalists. Los Blancoshave no pressure to get a result at Camp Nou and that’s what makes them so dangerous.
While bragging rights are not to be underestimated between these two teams, Real Madrid have the Champions League final to look forward to should things go wrong in Barcelona.
Zidane’s men tend to find an extra gear when facing adversity and it would not be surprising to see several players put in man-of-the-match performances in their attempt to prove their doubters wrong.
Madrid have been difficult to watch at times this season, but their Champions League showings have proven that they undoubtedly still have the quality to compete with the best. The fact that their chances in El Clasico are rated lowly will just add fuel to the fire.