The El Clasico is fast approaching with yet another showdown that, as always, promises to be thrilling. Millions of spectators worldwide would be eager to watch two glamorous clubs battle it out over two legs in the Copa Del Rey semi-final for a berth in the finals come May.
For neutrals and football fanatics, another opportunity presents itself to witness the very best players in the world portray their talents with astute technical craftiness in a sadistic game as such. As a Cule or Madridista, the Copa Del Rey trophy is at stake in defining the season.
On Wednesday night, Real Madrid would head to Nou Camp for the second time this season and attempt to get a favourable result back home. However, recent trends have shown it would be an arduous task for Los Blancos.
In recent times, newly appointed Madrid coaches have had to deal with a great ordeal of embarrassment. Under Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid were hammered 5-1 earlier this season which saw the Spaniard dismissed as head coach.
Mourinho’s 5-0 defeat in the 2010/11 season, Benitez’s 4-0 Bernabeu rioting, Anchelotti’s narrow 2-1 loss and recently Lopetegui’s 5-1 battering has been a new thread Blaugrana seem to have orchestrated.
Only Zinedine Zidane in his tenure secured a 2-1 win with 10 men on the pitch in his first game as manager against Barcelona.
For Barça fans worldwide, humiliating and wiping the floor with the team from Spain’s capital is always a treat that is certainly ever welcomed.
For Madridistas, it is highly unpleasant and depressing witnessing their fierce rivals walk over their toothless darling club.
One school of thought would argue, Barcelona were just too good for Los Blancos and another school of thought would debate, Real Madrid were just poor as a side and could not do anything to threaten the Blaugrana.
Wednesday night presents an opportunity for Real Madrid to put an end to such a trend. Whatever they had installed with previous managers in their debut clasico’s, obviously went pear-shaped.
That isn’t to say they should go blue in the face. If any team is capable of halting a bizarre run of a silly trend, that team is certainly Real Madrid because they can fight like a crazy bear when there is a need.
Santiago Solari will lead his charges to Nou Camp hoping to mastermind a win in the El Clasico scheduled to be played on Wednesday night, 20:00 GMT.
Watch out Barça, Real Madrid would be back in style!
CREDIT: BRIGHT N.B. ANTWI