El Clasico a must-win for Real Madrid
Cape Town - It's always an interesting battle when Real Madrid and
It's Messi versus Ronaldo, Catalonia versus the rest of
Spain, and the most exciting battle of all being Real Madrid supporters v
Barcelona supporters on Twitter.
Lo Blancos are at
home against the Catalans Saturday night in the El Gran Clasico.
is a must-win game for Madrid, while the game will give Barcelona
the chance to tombstone Real Madrid's chances of retaining their league title,
and also go level with them on the number of wins in all competitions this
Which team will give their supports a Merry Christmas
was a good year for Real Madrid. They won five trophies, their best player won
the Ballon D'or and Gareth Bale managed to play five games. However, their start
to the 2017/18 La Liga season has not been the best.
Madrid dropped points against teams who have 0.0024% of their talent and
0.00014% of their budget.
Ronaldo's dip in form didn't help their cause either, as he managed to score only two goals in his first 10 La Liga appearances.
good news for Real Madrid fans is Ronaldo has returned to his selfish
goalscoring self, but the bad news is he may miss Saturday's game after he
was absent from training on Wednesday because of a calf problem.
is more exciting news, Gareth Bale is back! And he might play an actual soccer
match, but the bad news is we don't know for how long, he may injure himself
taking a bath tomorrow morning.
Catalan giants are undefeated, No 1 in the league, have 35+ goal
differential, are six points above second placed Atletico Madrid and are 11 points clear
of Real Madrid ... and have Lionel Messi.
Messi has been his usual annoyingly unbelievable
self and has directly contributed to 19 goals so far this season (14 goals,
all his otherworldly talents, Messi's ability to make players like
Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu look like actual real-life Barcelona
players, is the most incredible. Unfortunately, both players are
reportedly out for Saturday’s match which I don't know whether is a good or bad
Madrid last five games in La Liga
(60 win percentage)
last five games in La Liga
(60 win percentage)
has Real Madrid favourites to win at 1.10, draw 2.85, and a
Barcelona win at 2.00.
don't need to be a neurosurgeon to figure out Real Madrid need this win more
than Barcelona do. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will be aware of that. The
last time these two teams met at the Bernabéu his team got smashed 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup.
have a stingy defence that have only conceded seven goals in the league. They don't allow many goals from dead-ball situations either making it very tough to
break them down.
Madrid have no choice but to come out guns blazing, they cannot afford to relax.
Ronaldo's recovery from his downturn in form has seen him score eight goals in
his last seven matches across all competitions and his goals will be needed.
draw would be sufficient for Barcelona, but that's a mentality that isn't in
their DNA even with a pragmatic (aka boring) coach
like Valverde. This will be a fairly open game and the duo of
Luis Suarez and Messi are considerably more lethal than Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
money would be on Barcelona pulling an upset.
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