Focus on: El Clasico

El Clasico is one of the world’s most watched matches. It generates tremendous response not only in Europe, but also in Asia and the Americas. It is not surprising at all given that this edition of El Clasico will be featuring all the three players nominated for the Ballon d’Or award – Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, and Lionel Messi.

Barcelona managed to edge out Real Madrid earlier in the season when both teams came together in the Super Cup, but the El Clasico will probably be the most anticipated match. Tensions will be running high teams because this is the first time Real Madrid go with the lead over Barcelona for more than five years.

To make matters even worse, it is the first time Real Madrid have enjoyed a six-point advantage at the top of the table for more than five years. Hence, Jose Mourinho will be keen to maintain their advantage at the end of the match as well. In the previous seasons, this fixture has been extremely forgetful for Real Madrid, as they have ended up losing by more than five goals in the past. Even though it has not happened during the numerous times El Clasico has happened, the last few years has been favourable for Barcelona. José Mourinho will be more than happy with the repeat of the El Clasico that happened in April when Real Madrid managed to come out if this fixture with a 1-1 draw.

This would mean that Real Madrid retain the six-point advantage, which lacks significant after the Barcelona’s loss to Getafe last weekend. Both teams will also be playing in the Champions League group stage matches, although that would account little to the El Clasico given that both teams have qualified from the group stages in style, as the winners.