Billed as the greatest match in the world, past Saturday’s El Clasico, the first of four encounters between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid was everything but entertaining. Quite frankly, the match was more akin to FC Barcelona’s bittersweet victory against Inter Milan in the knock-out stages.
One can argue with Jose Mourinho’s tactics, Blanco’s icon Alfredo di Stefano did, but at the end of the day he achieved what he was aiming for, avoiding defeat against FC Barcelona. Nevertheless, it is kind of perplexing seeing the world’s most expensive team ever assembled playing like a bottom feeder club. Perhaps it was an unspoken admission of inferiority.
Taking all into account, I do wonder how Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. claim that Real Madrid is the best club in the world when they have:
a) Not won a single trophy with the club
b) Are part of a squad that plays like Stoke City when facing Arsenal FC
I assume we will never find out what goes on in their mind. Maybe their situation is similar to that of the Miami Heat, hyped into the stratosphere but unless they win the Championship it’s a wiser policy to be quiet. LeBron James or Kobe Bryant—I go with the latter. Bryant might be arrogant but L.J. is disconnected from reality (“The Decision” anyone)?
Even so, there’s still three Clasico’s to be played and a goal fest is still very much in the cards, despite the fact that Jose Mourinho is Los Blanco’s manager.
Here are 10 reasons why FC Barcelona holds the advantage over Real Madrid.