Clasico Of Honor Is The Real Look To Crashing Unbeaten Barcelona’s Party: Real Madrid can transform their season by beating Liverpool in this month’s Champions League final, and on Sunday they can dent Barcelona’s by becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga.
Clasico Of Honor Is The Real Look To Crashing Unbeaten Barcelona’s Party
This ‘Clasico’ at Camp Nou will have minimal effect on the league, with Barca already crowning champions and Real’s passing interest in pipping Atletico to second place diminishing the ambition in Europe.
But there is still more at stake in what Madrid’s daily newspaper Marca has billed the Clasico of honor. It can even argue the match will go some way to defining the seasons of these two teams.
Barca, in particular, has careful in celebrating the domestic double, their players aware of the disappointment that lingers from their Champions League clash in the quarter-finals.
They are ordering pizza and slurping beer from top of the open-top bus down Las Ramblas this week. It was noticeable how many interviews still references the disappointment in Rome.
The elimination in the Champions League, it hurt us because it was unexpecting, says Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. But it is challenging to do what we have doing and now are we going to do. We are keeping to try.
Soften the blow, Barca’s best response was to win the Copa del Rey and La Liga and to finish unbeaten in the league for the first time. While hoping Real do not go all the way in the Champions League. The latter two are still to decide.
Real’s march towards a 13th European triumph has undoubtedly weighed heavily on Barcelona, whose sense of absence has heightened the progress of the rivals.
It is incredible too in a Champions League final for the third time in a row and has the chance to win it for the fourth time in the last five years.
Real midfielder Toni Kroos says on Tuesday. It is hard for me to find words to describe that. When it comes to the Champions League, we have extra motivation.
Barca is looking to avoiding defeat this weekend, and in the last three league games against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to sealing a historic season. But Real snatch a victory at the Camp Nou and also see off Liverpool, perhaps the balance is tipping in the favor.
It will undoubtedly be the last Clasico for Andres Iniesta as a player while Gareth Bale may also wave goodbye to this fixture, with the Welshman expecting to consider his future at Real in the summer.
The suggestion is both teams can give the departing Iniesta, Barca’s captain, a guard of honor, even Real refuse to do so for Barcelona’s La Liga triumph.
Bale was again a substituting against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, meaning he has now started only one of Real’s six Champions League knock-out games. Zidane has playing Bale and rest key players in the La Liga match.
But he does not like to field a weakening team in the weekend. Sevilla will play their first match under their caretaker coach Joaquin Caparros on Friday against Real Sociedad.
Vincenzo Montella is sacking after last weekend’s loss to lowly Levante, which is leave team eighth in the table and a point outside Europa League qualification places.
We have to change some subtle things, but there is no time, Caparros says Thursday. Our work with players so far has more than anything emotional.
Atletico Madrid, who are five points ahead of Real, host struggling Espanyol on Sunday.