It may be six days off, but El Clasico is already on everyone’s mind.
“Real-Barca clashes are the football equivalent of war,” Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta told El Larguero on Monday, as per Football Espana.
“Sunday’s match will be evenly-balanced,” offered Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to AS.
Going into the encounter, Los Blancos, the Primera Division leaders, sit four points above third-place Barcelona and could severely puncture the Catalans’ title hopes with a win at the Bernabeu.
Over the next few days, as kick-off approaches, the talking points will continue to be churned out, but here is an early look at six of them—six sub-plots that, when all is said and done, will likely have had more than a thing or two to do with Sunday’s outcome.