REAL MADRID Vs BARCELONA
Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona go into battle at the Santiago Bernabéu today. As past encounters have shown, though, form can count for little when it comes to ‘El Clásico’.
Real Madrid already won the title of Spanish La Liga this season. But Barcelona still in search for the second place in the league to not to play UEFA Champions League Qualifying round and directly go to the group phase. They are still behind of Villareal who are in second position.
Barcelona have to present guard of honour to Real Madrid today because Real Madrid is Champion of the League now and Barcelona have to follow the rule in Santiago Bernabéu today. That will be a big moral booster for Real Madrid players and fans.
As a Real Madrid fan I will be happy to see this. But I am expecting interesting ‘El Clásico’ today and hope Real Madrid will win at home and celebrating the Title at home. But I know that barcelona is a very strong team and they will not give let it easy for Real Madrid. Barcelona will try heart and soul to beat Real Madrid infront of Real Madrid fans.
Real Madrid are set to rub salt into the wounds of arch rivals by parading their 31st Spanish league trophy when they host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday.
Real fans waited until the early hours to celebrate with the players at Cibeles fountain on Sunday night after Real retained the title with a thrilling late 2-1 victory over Osasuna.
The celebrations could go into another dimension when Real are presented with the trophy in front of a full house at the Bernabeu – although football is likely to dominate with Barcelona in need of the points to wrest second place from Villarreal.
“It will be a great party against Barcelona that is for sure,” said Real coach Bernd Schuster. “We deserve this title as we have been the best team this season and now we can enjoy it.”
Barca thumped Valencia 6-0 in their last match and unlike Real they have something to play for as they bid to overtake Villarreal who are currently four points ahead in second.
“This was the best way to go to the Bernabeu – with high morale. There are three key points at stake and we’ll go to win,” said Argentine forward Lionel Messi.
As Barca set out to avenge their 1-0 loss to Real at the Nou Camp in December they will do so without the suspended Samuel Eto’o and Deco.
While Real-Barca is the obvious highlight of the midweek fixture programme there are several other games with high stakes.
So let’s see another exciting ‘El Clásico’.