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Real Madrid Now Turns Focus to Europe As Title.
A week and half have passed, but Real Madrid remain high after their exciting victory against Paris Saint-Germain at the Champions League.
Trailing with less than half of the tie remaining, los Blancos made a remarkable comeback. Karim Benzema’s hat trick secured their spot in the quarterfinals. All eyes will now be on Friday’s draw, to see who Madrid gets next.
One thing is certain: nobody will be interested in playing them following the turnaround against PSG.
This is due partly to the high quality of the team and partially because Madrid has a lot of experience playing in international competitions. Carlo Ancelotti is their manager and has been a winner of the continental competition three times. This record is unbeatable. Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal, Benzema and Casemiro all know exactly what it takes for Europe to be the best. This could prove crucial as we move into the final stages.
Another reason to avoid Madrid is La Liga’s situation.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are battling it out for the Premier League title. However, Bayern Munich’s hold on the top spot in Bundesliga has been slipping in recent weeks. Over in Spain, it is only a matter of time before Madrid are crowned champions: their lead at the top stands at 10 points and second-placed Sevilla have been stuttering of late. Madrid can now focus on European issues.
The Clasico remains a top priority regardless of the current situation at the table. Madrid has the luxury of going all out for victory, and can take no chances with a Champions League match.
This match will be well-worth watching.
Barcelona is on the Course to Finish in the Top Four, but the Job Is Not Complete Yet
Barcelona have a better position now than before the Clasico.
Before their meeting with Madrid, the Blaugrana failed to win half their matches. Since then, Barcelona has not been able to claim the top spot in La Liga.
This is true even though the mood is brighter in Catalonia. Many thought it would be difficult for Xavi Hernandez to communicate his thoughts after being appointed as club manager in November.
For one, he inherits a challenging situation with Barcelona in turmoil on the pitch. He had never managed in Europe. Xavi, however has been a great manager so far. He’s made Barcelona more appealing and has helped improve their soccer results.
The Catalan team enters the weekend third. The Catalan side is currently third, having played just one less game than their rivals. Sevilla continues to lose points and they could still finish runners-up. Julen Lopetegui’s team has drawn five of six previous outings. Although second would not be a great result for Barcelona in an ordinary season, it would still be a good achievement for Xavi’s first year at the helm.
Barcelona Can Show Rivals That There’s Still Room to Improve
Despite the fact that Barcelona is clearly a stronger team, they still need to win over a rival superpower. Some impressive victories have already been recorded, such as against Napoli and Atletico Madrid La Liga. Barcelona has been measuring themselves against Madrid since the beginning.
Sunday’s match will be crucial despite Blancos’ insurmountable lead at top of standings.
Xavi may have to wait a while before he can experience Clasico success for the first time as a manager. Madrid have won 10 and drawn four of their 14 home games in the league this term, while away teams have scored only nine goals at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
More broadly, Madrid has won four of their top-flight matches and conceded only one goal. While there has been much discussion about Barcelona’s recent success, their arch-rivals are also in great form.
As we witnessed against PSG Madrid has players that are more likely to be there in big matches. Benzema, Modric and Kroos are all good players despite a calf problem. Clasico has been around since the beginning. Barcelona’s team is much less experience, which could be a disadvantage on Sunday.
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How to Watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Information Teams Real Madrid vs Barcelona Location Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain Time Sunday, 20 March 2022, 16. 00 PM EST How to watch ESPN+