Es la noche El Classico!! Yes you heard it right. Its the El Classico tonight. The world’s most biggest rivalry is back again after Sunday night’s action at the Santiago Bernabeau.
“If we want to win the Spanish Super Cup, we will have to play much better,” said Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. It was a night to savor for the home fans at the Santiago Bernabeau where Barcelona had a below-par performance. Real Madrid shared more of the possession but still Barcelona managed to take their chances and scored twice. It was a 2-2 draw which could have gone either way. As usual there was controversy in the game. Victor Valdes pulled Cristiano Ronaldo’s leg inside the box which should have been a penalty but the referee couldn’t see it.
Now the Spanish Cup will be decided at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid look really strong this time around. This game can go either way. Barcelona, as we all know, is very difficult to beat at the Camp Nou. This looks set to be an exciting game coming up.
Barcelona will be boosted by Alexis Sanchez’s sparking performance in the first leg against Real Madrid as well as the addition of Cesc Fabregas to their squad. Whether or not he’ll play Wednesday night is questionable, though. The former Arsenal midfielder trained with Barcelona on Tuesday and appears to be matchfit.
On the other, hand Real Madrid isn’t expected to make any changes to it’s line up, but you can expect them to be a little more defense minded as they know one goal from Barcelona can kill this tie off.
What can be their tactics?
A key to how both teams will play tonight is the away goals rule. If the second leg is tied after 90 minutes, the winner will be decided using the away goals rule. Barcelona scored two precious goals at Real Madrid’s backyard on Sunday night so they definitely have a significant advantage knowing that Real Madrid will need to either win the game or score three or more goals if the game is tied.
The other option, of course, is a win for either side. That would rule out considering of the away goals rule.
The tactics that will be employed Wednesday night are just one part of the intrigue around this game that features two of the best teams in the world.
In a calculated move, straight from Jose Mourinho’s textbook, he didn’t attend the Real Madrid press conference Tuesday but had his assistant manager, Aitor Karanka, speak to the media instead. During the press conference, Karanka defended Pepe and brushed off the criticism Pepe has received from the public. Many Barcelona fans argue that Pepe is a dirty player who intentionally goes out of his way to harm Barcelona’s players on the pitch when given an opportunity. Karanka, not surprisingly, disagrees.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi?
These two are back again on the same pitch together. Is this going to be a game between these two? No need to mention both of them are skillful and capable of scoring goals and turning the match on their head single-handedly. This time it looks like these two have to do it again for their respective teams. Messi did score in the first leg so there must be some added pressure on Ronaldo to score.
So,the Spanish giants are set to face each other. One of the world’s most exciting game is coming your way tonight!!