With La Liga Title at stake Real Madrid will meet Barcelona in El-Clasico .
Real Madrid can take a huge step towards the title with a win over Barcelona, where as it will be must-win situation for the Barcelona who will be playing without Neymar .
Head To Head :
- 175 meetings in La Liga
- Real Madrid – 72 Wins, 41% winning ratio
- Barcelona – 70 Wins, 40% winning ratio
- Draws – 33
History of El-Clasico
The rivalry between the the two most successful clubs in football started with an political backstory and contrasts in how both clubs were made. FC Barcelona was founded by Joan Gamper along with several foreign-born players in 1899, whereas Madrid was founded with Spaniards at the helm in 1902. Madrid had been long considered as the political and social center of Spain. Regional rivalries would be generated due to the nation’s focus on Madrid, which geographically was also in the center of Spain.
When the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII, came in 1902, Madrid hosted a tournament and invited FC Barcelona and Basque club Vizcaya. Barcelona defeated Real Madrid, then known as Madrid FC 3-1, but fell to the Basques in the final of the tournament, loosing by 2-1. The series between the clubs continued for a decade, with the Catalans victorious in most of the contests. The rivalry would begin to pick up its’ competitive embers in 1905.
FC Barcelona was considered to be the symbol of the Catalan people by the centralist government in the 1930s. Military general Francisco Franco, disenchanted with the changing political climate in Spain with the fall of the monarchy, staged a Coup d’état in 1936, leading to a bloody Civil War victory for his Nationalist side in 1939.
Over the years, the contrasts on how the two teams operated became clear, yet very effective. Real Madrid has a very business-based approach as they buy players to play for them whereas FC Barcelona developed their players through their system to play for their club.
- A RIVALRY WITH 115 YEARS OF HISTORY.
- MESSI, TOP SCORER WITH 21 GOALS
- MANUEL SANCHIS: MOST EL CLASICO APPEARANCES
- The 8-2 in 1934/35, WIDEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT IN MADRID
- NO 0-0 DRAWS FOR 15 YEARS
- RAMOS AND INIESTA: THE LAST SPANIARDS TO SCORE IN A CLASICO
- REAL MADRID HAVE SCORED FOR 55 CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique said he is preparing for Sunday’s “must-win” Clasico against Real Madrid without Neymar as Spain’s Court for Sport (TAD) warned the Catalan club there could be consequences if they field the suspended Brazilian.
Neymar was sent off for two yellow cards against Malaga earlier this month, earning an automatic one-match ban. But sarcastically applauding the fourth official resulted in increase of ban by 2 matches which means he will be missing the El-Clasico.
Barca are three points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid, having played a game more and know a loss would be quite impossible to stop Real securing a first title in five years.
“It’s a special game because of the moment we are in the season; the game against our great rival, who are top of the table. We need to nullify their qualities, any result but a win would do us no good whatsoever,” Luis Enrique said.
Real Madrid : Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Barcelona : Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Piqué, Umtiti; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi; Roberto, Suárez, Alba
With the form Real Madrid & Ronaldo has been in with the inclusion of Bale, they are surely favourite to win the El-Clasico !