Barcelona v Real Madrid tickets available for 2010-2011 La Liga season
July 29th, 2010 by Adam Davies
Barcelona. The spine of the World Cup winning Spain side. A side that won everything possible in 2009. The courageously hair-styled Carlos Puyol and his Thou Shalt Not Pass approach at the back. Xavi and Iniesta pulling the strings in midfield, feeding an irresistible strikeforce of David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and one other man. Lionel Messi gets a sentence all on his own. They have a glorious arrogance about them – unless you happen to be an Arsenal fan – and play some remarkable football.
Real Madrid. Winners of nine European Cups. Employers of some of the best footballers that have ever played the game: di Stefano, Puskas, Zidane, the Brazilian Ronaldo. Today they have Iker Casillas, capable of Gordon Banks-esque saves like against Sevilla in October 2009, as an angry colossus in goal. Sergio Ramos bombing up the right flank, his signature hair product retailing at $80 a barrel. The new Galacticos: Angel Di Maria, Kaka, Gonzalo Higuain – and of course Cristiano Ronaldo. A coach to match the players in Jose Mourinho, who shares the most ardent Madridista’s disdain for their Catalan rivals. They have a glorious arrogance about them – unless you happen to be a Manchester United fan of viruses – and play some remarkable football.
When the two giants of Spanish football meet, sparks tend to fly. While it is never easy to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou, in last season’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid’s tactical naivety was exposed. The then-manager Manuel Pellegrini elected against playing Lassana Diarra as a spoiler in midfield, meaning Xavi had free reign to supply Messi and Pedro for easy finishes.
Barcelona tickets are amongst the most sought after in world football – especially when they face their arch rivals from the Spanish capital. It is called El Clásico for a reason.