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Real Madrid and Barcelona’s El Clasico fortnight is go!

Previously, on ‘El Clasico’…

Mother always said that you can have too much of  good thing – although this mainly occurred during The Spoiler’s rather disturbing childhood period when we sneaked into the kitchen to guzzle Calpol and Haliborange vitamin C tablets like they were chocolate milk and skittles.

However, we’ve never been convinced of that particular brand of logic and, in the spirit of that fat man in The Meaning of Life who explodes from gorging himself on all kinds of delicious, we’re very much looking forward to a couple of weeks indulging in four courses of succulent El Clasico…

You know there score by now. Barcelona and Real Madrid face each other four times over the next 18 days – Once in the league, once in the Copa del Rey and twice over both legs of their Champions League semi final.

The last meeting between these sides saw Barcelona scrape through 5-0 playing average football. So, future Man Utd boss, Jose Mourinho, is, for once, playing the underdog, saying:

“I’m not of the opinion that what happens in the first game can influence the second, third or fourth. I will practice with 10 players because I always have a player sent off against them – it happened with Chelsea and Inter and may comeback again. We are a young team without much experience and still a work in progress but I think it’s normal we are in the semis.”

While Pep Guardiola had this to say:

“I wish we could play more often against them. Basically they are the most powerful team, the strongest, and are coming together at the right time. We look forward to competing against them. We take every game as an opportunity and a gift. We accept the challenge.”

With Barca eight points clear at the top of La Liga, this weekend’s clash will probably count for the sum total of eff all come the end of the season, but it provides a nice little warm-up to the other three games.  A little starter. A nice warm crusty roll before the main course.

We can’t bloody wait…

How much are you looking forward to it? Let us know what you reckon will happen below.


4 responses so far
  • TO // April 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I think anybody who had any plans to commit suicide will postpone it just to watch this 4 game series. My car just got stolen but I think overall this is a good month simply because of this
    Anyway give Jose Mourinho 4 games to figure you out and he definitely will. Therefore I say Barca takes the league game and copa del ray, but Mourinho wins the CL tie

  • Avram Magic // April 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Agree 100 per cent TO!

  • Brian // April 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Pure mouth-watering stuff. I wish they would meet in the finals of the Champions League instead of the semis–it would’ve been nice to see Real play Man U. Real Madrid seem to be coming together at the right time. They are not the same team that got thoroughly beaten earlier this year.

    Four wins in a row for either team sounds quite improbable, but I’ll have to say out of the four matches, Barca come out ahead in the end. They’ll have a tough time this weekend so long as Puyol remains out (he’s still out, isn’t he?).

  • Adam // April 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Puyol remains out which could cause problems, but I suspect he could return for at least the 2nd leg of the CL 1/2 finals.

    This couldn’t have unfolded any better. 1 League game, 1 game where the winner takes all, and 1 double-legged semi-final. Soccer (yes, soccer) heaven!

    Four wins would be asking a lot but I would settle for 2 wins and an aggregate advancement in CL.

    Visca el barca

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