This season’s El Clasico more crucial than ever
March 16th, 2010 by Adam Davies
The title race in Spain’s top domestic league, La Liga could hardly be closer. Real Madrid lead Barcelona by virtue of superior goal difference – the Spanish capital’s side have a mere +2 advantage over their Catalan rivals. At the weekend, Barcelona played first and defeated Valencia 3-0 thanks to a sublime Lionel Messi hat-trick. Real Madrid then defeated Real Valladolid 4-1 with Gonzalo Higuain scoring three times and Cristiano Ronaldo getting the other goal.
Real Madrid have been gradually catching up on Barcelona in the last two months. Barca’s form is not exactly terrible, with six wins, one draw and one defeat in their last eight matches, but Real have won all eight of theirs, scoring an astonishing average of 3.62 goals a game! It would appear that the only way to separate these two huge rivals is in the ultimate grudge match: el Clásico. Real Madrid will have home advantage at the Santiago Bernabeu, and there is additional reason for them to crave a devastating victory. Real are already eliminated from the Champions League, which is especially disappointing for them as the final will be played at the Bernabeu. For Barcelona to win the trophy at the home ground of their arch rivals would be disastrous, so Real will hope that a victory in el Clásico will derail the Barcelona train sufficiently to see them falter in Europe’s premier club competition.
Tickets are still available for el Clásico – Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, and this year’s battle looks to be even more crucial than usual!