Just four days after a miserable 3-1 loss to Real Madrid, Barcelona will against face off against their rivals. Barcelona is now at a crossroads in their season, while Real Madrid may finally be hitting their high.
Naturally, fans and reporters everywhere are jumping on the Clasico to come. The game at the Santiago Bernabeu may not be as big as the previous meeting, but it will still be huge.
Social media plays a big part in sports, and that means it will be a huge part of El Clasico. With that being said, here is what the world of twitter and the papers are saying.
To begin with, though two Clasicos in five days may be extremely exciting, some may not be that into the rivalry. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stated that he is bored of El Clasico (via Goal). It would be interesting to find out how many agree him.
Madrid-based paper Marca has come forward to point out that Barcelona was humiliated in the previous Clasico. The paper even went on to say elsewhere that this may be the end of an era for the Catalans.
In the face of the question concerning Barcelona's dominance being over, La Liga expert Ben Crump had these words to say.
I don't think this is the end of Barcelona's dominance but it will test how good they are? Past has proved they come back well...— Ben Crump (@BenCrump84) February 27, 2013
Despite what may be happening at Barcelona, Guillem Balague has pointed out one glaring issue.
FCB needs leadership. Players need to be corrected, challenged, told off. They lost their essence but have got the ingredients 2 get it back— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) February 27, 2013
But the biggest battle of the coming Clasico will be between stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Marca claimed that Ronaldo got the better of Messi in the previous match, and not many can argue with that opinion.
However, new information is just coming out that suggests that Barcelona's squad was not entirely fit.
Messi out today of training with fever so best in my opinion he missed RM game. Won't happen but if I was coach, I would do it!— Ben Crump (@BenCrump84) February 27, 2013
With all personal rivalries aside, the coming Clasico will be Barcelona's opportunity to show that their recent run of form is just temporary.
Andres Iniesta has come out in a interview with Goal stating that Barcelona must remain optimist. The Spanish attacker has faith in his team, but how much faith do the fans have left?
Iniesta also brought up a very important fact. In yet another interview with Goal he mentioned that Barcelona is severely missing their manager Tito Vilanova.
Vilanova is still not close to his return to the sideline and that could spell disaster for Barcelona. Time is of the upmost importance, but it is also something that the Catalans do not have.
Vilanova is now going through the hardest part of his cancer treatment. He's expected to stay in New York for another month. [sport]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) February 28, 2013
At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is that Barcelona is facing a tough test. Ronaldo has admitted that the dominance of the Catalans is a thing of the past and Mourinho will look to seal that statement in stone.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): "We can put the nightmare that was the 5-0 behind us now."— Messi Left Foot (@messileftfoot) February 28, 2013
The La Liga Clasico will be much bigger than it already seems. For Real Madrid it will be their last chance to challenge for the league. But for the Barcelona, the match at the Bernabeu will determine whether or not their time is coming to a close.
Tune in with the rest of the world to find out if Jose Mourinho can finally put the nail in the Barcelona coffin.
Don José Mourinho ... a ten out of ten twitter.com/RMadridGirl/st…— RMadridGirl (@RMadridGirl) February 26, 2013
What are your expectations of the coming Clasico? What will each team be playing for? Don't forget to leave your thoughts and comments below.
Tre' Atkinson. Follow me on Twitter for more discussions on Real Madrid, Barcelona, and La Liga.