Barcelona-Real Madrid: Spain’s giants to face in a clash of desperation

For years, ‘El Clasico’ has allowed fans to enjoy ninety minutes of passion, fight and goals twice a year. However, tomorrow’s clash isn’t set to be the exciting fixture it once was. ‘El Clasico’ was this one fixture everyone would watch, whether La Liga or EPL fan. But tomorrow, it won’t be the case. And it’s not the first time. The last Clasicos were also far from reaching its initial prestige. However, the match will have to be played. And once again, fans will witness El Clasico tomorrow, exciting or not; It’s become traditional.

Current Form comint to ‘El Clasico’

Barcelona’s last 5 matches: WWDLW

Barcelona-Villarreal: 4-0

Celta Vigo-Barcelona: 0-3

Sevilla-Barcelona: 1-1

Getafe-Barcelona: 1-0

Barcelona-Ferencvaros: 5-1

League stats: 9th|7 pts|+6

The rather encouraging start seemed promising, but since then, Barcelona haven’t been up to the challenge. Innocent against Sevilla, Barcelona were powerless against Getafe having no idea what to do against Getafe’s harsh play, therefore lacking creativity against a compact defense. While the 5-1 score might suggest Barcelona are back, Koeman’s team didn’t impress in the first twenty five minutes stirring critics from the culés. It’s with no particular optimism that Barcelona will host Madrid for this Clasico.

Real Madrid’s last 5 matches: WWWLL

R.Betis-R.Madrid: 2-3

R.Madrid-R.Valladolid: 1-0

Levante-R.Madrid: 0-2

R.Madrid-Cadiz: 0-1

R.Madrid-S.Donetsk: 2-3

League stats: 3rd|10 pts|+3

The rival is doing no better. While they have grabbed three wins in a row, Madrid still very much lack the goal output. With Benzema lacking the goals, rare are the others who score. If they do seem defensively solid, they’ve been brushed away in the UCL by Donetsk, despite the Ukrainians lacking several key players due to the pandemic. They conceded three goals in the first half, they almost managed to come back, though quite worrying for ex-champions. More importantly, they lost at home against newly promoted side Cadiz. Madrid seem worse off, not that Barcelona don’t.

It’s a weird atmosphere. With both clubs being in transition, it’s hard to be excited concerning the lack of brilliance to be seen in both teams. Hazard is set to miss the game once again as he’s out due to injury, while Barcelona haven’t been convincing lately, with Koeman refusing to show any signs of flexibility. Nonetheless, the tradition wants the two enemies to deliver a fierce battle between two demotivated punching bags. 

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