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EL- CLASSICO. Real Madrid VS Barcelona


 Tuesday and Wednesday were contrasting Champions League fortunes for both sides can only serve to give both Real Madrid and Barcelona extra incentive going into El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu this Sunday.W ith La Liga leaders Real Madrid advancing to the UCL semifinals.

 they will be motivated to go on and achieve a Champions League and league double for the first time since 1958. After Barcelona’s exit from the continental stage, theywill want to hold onto their hopes of a third successive La Liga title as well as a third successive league and Copa del Rey doublewhich would be a first in Spanish football history. However, its glamour and the prestige that it holds, El Clasico usually gets mass attention as a key fixture in terms of shaping the destiny of the La Liga title, especially when it’s late in the season like this one is. This is due to the total dominance these sides have enjoyed in the league. These old rivals have finished in the toptwo of La Liga in seven of the last eight seasons, with one of them being the champion in 11 of the last 12 Atletico Madrid finishing first in 2013-14.

Whilst their current league positions are as close as most seasons gone by, this season suggests that the standard of what it takes to top La Liga has gone up slightly from last year. Real Madrid’s points per game average this season 2.42 is a bit more than what was needed to win the title last season Barcelona’s rate of 2.39. Under Zidane, Real Madrid look stronger in the league than they have been for a while. With 75 points after 31 La Liga games, it is the most points they have had at this stage of the season for five years.

F.C. Barcelona, the opposite seems true in Luis Enrique’s final season in charge. With 72 points after 32 La Liga games, this is the least points the Catalans have had at this stage for nine years. They go into Sunday’s clash close enough in the league table for the game to possibly bring about a positional switch at the top. A Barcelona win would result in them overtaking Real Madrid. Los Blancos would still have a game in hand, but sitting in second place with a month to go would certainly create much more pressure going into the final month of the season. Conversely, a Real Madrid win would set up a 6point lead over the defending champions with a game in hand, which would alter the title winning odds to be almost theirfavour. Please like and share!

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