The Two Sides Of "El Clasico": The FC Barcelona Perspective
The world's biggest football match: El Clasico .
Those who love football will not under any circumstances miss out on this spectacle. Most spectators who will watch that game have a definitive preference for either the hosts of this season's edition, FC Barcelona, or the visitors, Real Madrid.
Regardless of the outcome, a Clasico is never boring. Whether because of the goals in abundance or the sheer emotions displayed by the fans and players alike, a clash between those sides is always entertaining.
What Goes Up Must Come Down
After an unprecedented treble which saw FC Barcelona win La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League, this season's edition of "El Clasico" could be the turning point in which all goes sour.
Although this year's title race is wide open, the Blaugrana have yet to replicate that mesmerizing form that has won them plaudits all over Europe and the world.
Last weekend, Barcelona surrendered the lead in La Liga to Real Madrid, which by all accounts isn't the end of the world.
What is frightening though is the fact that Florentino Perez Galaticos 2.0 have yet to form a cohesive unit but crank out results week in and week out.
At the start of the season, most pundits declared that FC Barcelona would hold the advantage over their bitter rivals, at least for the first couple of months. But as we approach "El Clasico" it is quite the contrary.
Apart from their early exit from the Copa del Rey against a Segunda B side, things look very comfortable for Manuel Pellegrini's men.
Going into "El Clasico" they lead La Liga and their Champions League Group.
Before winning (and dominating) 2-0 against Inter Milan in midweek, FC Barcelona were in serious danger of crashing out from Europe's most prestigious club competition.
If the Blaugrana had lost it would've been the end of their dreams of retaining the Champions League title. Not to mention a humiliation of gigantic proportions on Europe's grandest stage.
If that had happened and FC Barcelona were to lose "El Clasico" it could've completely derailed their season. Real Madrid's lead on top of the table would increase to four points.
It is safe to assume that Madrid can only improve on their current form which means that the Blaugrana could be chasing them all season long like los Blancos did in 2008-2009.
Therefore this year's "Clasico" could be the definitive turning point for FC Barcelona. For Real Madrid, a defeat in the Camp Nou would mean they slip back to second place in the table just one point off FC Barcelona.
And even if they lose they would still have the return fixture in the Santiago Bernabeu, so it imperative that the Blaugrana win.
*Disclaimer: This has been a collaborative effort from me and Rami J who wrote "The Two Sides Of "El Clasico": The Real Madrid Perspective ."
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