When Real Madrid hosts Barcelona on Wednesday, past performances can be thrown out the window. This will once again be an incredible match between two of the best clubs in the world.
There is no denying that Real Madrid has been disappointing this season. Last year's La Liga winner is now third in the standings, 15 points out of first place.
In addition, Cristiano Ronaldo is falling further behind Lionel Messi as the best player in the world. The forward has 12 fewer goals than the Barcelona man, and he is getting little help from his teammates up front.
Meanwhile, Barcelona only recently lost its first of 20 league matches on the year. The squad has completely dominated the top league in Spain with 58 total points in 21 matches. It will be a stunner if it is unable to hold on for yet another championship.
However, none of this matters for the upcoming battle between the two historic clubs.
The Copa del Rey is completely separate from the league results, and both squads want to earn this trophy.
With this in mind, the two semifinal legs of the tournament will be nothing short of spectacular.
Real Madrid has struggled at times this season, but there is no denying the talent on the roster.
Ronaldo is still one of the best scorers in the sport and has tallied seven goals in his last three league matches. Players like Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil are among the best in the world at their respective positions.
If they can improve the chemistry and work together, there are few teams better. Facing the squad's biggest rival in the world is a great motivation to regain focus.
This is exactly what has happened during this season. Two Super Cup matches and one La Liga battle has the club at 1-1-1 against Barcelona this year.
These two sides will face each other three times over the next few weeks. Barcelona is playing as well as anyone in the world, but Real Madrid is certain to bring its A-game.
Do not let the records fool you. Each of these El Clasico battles will be a thrill to watch and will likely be considered some of the best matches of the year. Make sure to not miss a second of the action.