Such has been Barcelona’s domination this season that arguably the biggest game in club football does not carry greater importance when it comes to the end season outcomes. If Real Madrid win the game tonight, they will only do their rivals Atletico a favor as they are better placed to challenge for the La Liga title.
Among many facets to this year’s first El Clasico, seeing Zinedine Zidane on the touchlines will be a fascinating sight. His duels with Luis Enrique in the past have been very fiery and I would not be surprised if they decide to replicate some of their old rivalry on the touchline later tonight.
Having said that, we take a look at three things to watch out from the latest El Clasico meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
A fitting tribute to Johan Cruyff
Over the last 10 days or so, we have seen many games being paused on 14th minute mark to mark respect for the great Johan Cryuff who sadly passed away last week. Same could happen if Barce and Real agree on the same. Meanwhile, Barcelona will dawn a special jersey with “Gracies Johan” printed on it instead of their regular logo.
Mascots for both teams will also wear shirts sporting the same tribute to remember one of the greatest players of all time, and certainly an unforgettable figure at Barcelona football club.
MSN vs BBC – The Obvious Choice
Gareth Bale is back and fully fit for Real Madrid which can only be a good news for Zinedine Zidane. With Bale’s return, Madrid’s BBC (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) will be completed but awaiting them are Barcelona’s MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar).
Barca’s front three are undoubtedly one of the best ever to have graced a football pitch and they will once again be favorite to create havoc in Real Madrid’s defense.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s last El Clasico?
Real Madrid superstar has been strongly linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu next season and it could be his last El Clasico if the team are not paired in Champions League later this season.
Often in the past, there have been question marks over Ronaldo’s performances in big games and he will be under the radar yet again as he takes on Barcelona.
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