Barcelona will be taking on Real Madrid in one of the most important El Clasico’s of recent times. Real Madrid are threatening to bring an end to the hat-trick of titles Barcelona have won in Spain. They currently hold a six-point advantage over the reigning Spanish and European Champions.
Due to the way both Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate the domestic league, it is really tough to find the matches in which Real Madrid will drop six points for Barcelona too close the gap. The El Clasico’s importance comes here because it is one of the few matches that could help Barcelona to reduce the deficit.
Johan Cruyff believes that Barcelona will not be setting out for a stalemate with the two sides face this weekend. He says that Barcelona have always played in the El Clasico with a view of winning the match more than anything else. The gap between the two clubs is currently down to 3 points because Barcelona have made up an extra game over Real Madrid. Hence, they will have the psychological advantage going into those match because they can go level on points with Real Madrid should they win the match. Further, the victory becomes extremely important when you consider that Barcelona will be going out to Japan to play in the Club World Cup, which will allow Real Madrid to improve their difference even better.
“The favourite to win? I can only say that Barcelona always play to win against Madrid. We’ll see on Saturday who comes out victorious. It’s only a game and nothing more than that. A win for Madrid wouldn’t all of a sudden mean that they are now the dominant team.” The Clasico won’t be decisive. There are so many games left. Nothing that happens on Saturday will be decisive in the title race,” Cruyff was quoted as saying by AS.