It’s the biggest club football match on the planet.It’s definitely the biggest rivalry, anywhere, over anything. We’re talking of course about Barcelona vs Real Madrid, otherwise known as “El Clásico.” where Spain’s two top clubs battle. The most anticipated match in the world could decide the future of the two clubs for the rest of the season.
Momentum after winning the FIFA club world cup UAE
Real Madrid has just won the recently concluded club world cup defeating the Brazilian side Gremio at Abu Dhabi. Real Madrid also became the first team to retain their club world cup title and with three wins, Los Blancos are now level with their rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history.
Los Blancos will look forward to carrying their winning momentum as they move into El Clásico clash at home. The biggest take away from the match was a form of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar struggled in the La Liga but his form in the club world cup will give a lot of confidence for the Real Madrid fans ahead of the El Clasico.
Hunger to be in the title contention
Real Madrid is 11 points behind rivals and table toppers Barcelona. A win on Sunday will close the gap between the leaders and Los Blancos.Real Madrid is currently 4th in the table with a match in hand. A brilliant performance and win against arch-rivals is all that it takes to bring back their killer instincts to retain the La Liga.
Zidane will know, a win this weekend and the team will be back in the title contention and will put a lot of pressure on Barcelona.
Upper hand in Spanish Super Cup 2017
In the beginning of the season, the classic rivals locked horns where Real Madrid came out to be the winners. Los Blancos trashed Barcelona 3-1 at Camp Nou in the first leg and then 2-0 at Bernabeu in the second leg.
Real Madrid lifted the Spanish super cup with an aggregate win of 5-1. Los Blancos looked in a splendid form in the beginning but became off-colour as the season progressed. Real Madrid will look to go into this match with the positives of the Spanish Super Cup performance.
Ronaldo has rediscovered his goal-scoring touch
Ronaldo was banned for 5 matches due to which he missed the first 4 matches of La Liga. Since then Ronaldo has scored 4 goals and assisted 2 in La Liga. In his last La Liga match, Ronaldo has scored two against Sevilla. He has also scored 9 times in the UCL 2017/18 so far. Getting Ronaldo back on the scoresheet is a plus point for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid fans would love to see him getting on the scoresheet against Barcelona. This will set rest of the season perfectly.
The Full Squad
This is the first time in the season Real Madrid will have a full squad, the La Liga defending champions was plagued by the injuries at the start of the season. They found it hard to get their best playing XI in any of their matches and this will be the first time they will have a full squad at disposal.
The Galacticos finally their full squad and Zidane will be relieved to have his best playing XI against the Real Madrid in the El Clasico.