If you’re a soccer fanatic who enjoys watching the Spanish League as much as me, then this article might be for you. This upcoming weekend the clasico will take place. Will Real Madrid be victorious against its number one foe in the league? Or will the Catalans continue atop the league table?
This will be the first clasico of the season, some media sources at the beginning said Lionel Messi will NOT be fully fit from his injury and will miss the clasico. Coach Luis Enrique addressed this issue and said Messi’s injury was progressing on track. Although that still didn’t answer the question of will he play or not.
On the other hand we have Rafa Benitez’s men who just lost their first game of the season and given how close the competition has been, they lost their top spot on the table. Not an easy thing to overcome, especially when your team has been hit with so many injuries. The latest being Sergio Ramos and starter goal keeper, Keylor Navas, who are “racing against the clock” to be fit just in time for this big match. Cristiano Ronaldo on the other hand, was not called for international duty, Portugal told him it was not necessary for him to travel with the team and instead should take the days in which they were supposed to have friendlies with Luxembourg and Russia to relax and comfortably train, which essentially meant Cristiano will be 100% prepared for the clasico and most of the time it doesn’t happen just like that. James Rodriguez has seen a lot of action since his return a few weeks ago, after battling an injury, he played with Madrid for a bit in their last game and then went on to play with Colombia and scored a few goals.
Without Messi, Barcelona has been consistent, Neymar and Luis Suarez have both taken the realms of the team and now they currently sit atop of the league. As for Real Madrid, it has been a tougher journey because it wasn’t just one main player who got injured, but rather various and in various positions as well. Benitez has had to adapt his team to those absences and although it has been hard, the team has remained strong, players who had not seen a lot of play time have gotten the opportunity to show what they’re made of.
We shall just have to wait on saturday to see what happens, although to be completely honest, it would make me trememdously happy if Real are victorious, but that’s just the Madridismo in me talking. haha