The preamble starts here.
This week will see bewildering brilliance, childish arguments, high-tempo action and one-upmanship between the players and press of Catalunya and Madrid.
It is, of course, the return of El Clasico—and not just one, but two.
On Tuesday night the Camp Nou stages the first one, but not just the first one, the biggest one.
With everyone close to an agreement that Barcelona will win La Liga, the league Clasico in Madrid on Saturday takes second place to the Copa del Rey semifinal.
With that in mind, here are some bold predictions ahead of Part One...