It was a superb derby match on Saturday and a baptism of fire for the new managers of both sides.The “Clasico” ended in a 2-1 win for the Catalan giants and as per usual, it was not a game for the faint-hearted as it was full of controversy. More about Saturday’s Clasico
Andres Iniesta has a great opportunity this afternoon to remove a thorn in his side against Real Madrid. A great performance will serve to silence his many critics and prove he is still the quality player that we have seen over the last few seasons. Read more here
Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti are still mulling over heir starting lineups for this Saturday’s Clasico match between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Will Gerard Piqué play? How about Pedro and Alexis? Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema? Coentrao or Marcelo? They are the big questions ahead of tomorrow’s baptism of fire for both managers. More on the possible clasico lineups
Ex Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has stated that he hopes his ex side win on Saturday. Guardiola said: “Of course I want and hope Barcelona win. I came from there, but it will be a tough match for both teams.”
Meanwhile, in the build up to the Clasico, Gerard Pique looks doubtful as he has sprained his hamstring in his left leg. More on this story
Real Madrid prefers Barca now in a quarter final clash of Spanish giants to a showdown in a hypothetical final. The quarter final draw of the Champions League takes place tomorrow and the feeling at the merengue club is that they would like to face Barca now rather than later. Real Madrid have evolved this second half of the season and although they are confident, still have much respect for the Blaugranas.
Barcelona will be kicking themselves for not making their away goal count last night at the Nou Camp. Real Madrid beat Barcelona by 3 goals to 1 in a tactical masterplan devised by Mourinho. Cristiano scored a brace and young Varane, who was the hero at the Bernabéu scored a header that left pinto for dead. Barcelona have to get their house in order by the weekend for sure.
Hours before the game gets underway, we review some stats about Barcelona and Real Madrid and what the Catalan team has to do to beat Jose Mourinho’s men at the Nou Camp tonight for their second leg crunch game of La Copa del Rey. Barca has to focus tonight and be prepared for anything the “whites” have to throw at them. A solid Barca defence tonight is an absolute must if they want to continue going forward in the tournament.
Barcelona need to get their house in order for tomorrow night’s Clasico match against Real Madrid. They need to put behind them the dismal performance at the San Siro and Saturday’s lack lustre match against Seville. The shaky defence will have to get real or face a flurry of Madrid onslaughts. Real Madrid will open up and go for a win and Barca will have to capitalise on this if they are to make it through to the next round. [Read More]