Barcelona vs Real Madrid Camp Nou
Barcelona well be hoping a win in this match will begin their run to the title over their arch rivals. Real Madrid will arrive in Catalunya with the intention of getting one over their arch enemies in their own back yard. Barcelona vs Real Madrid. The match in Santiago Bernabeu will played in March 2019.
Whatever the circumstances, expect a special atmosphere in one the world’s largest football arenas.
Two entirely different seasons
Last season, Real Madrid finished 4th in the league after winning the title the previous season. Barcelona finished in the 1 place with a 17 point gap from Real Madrid. But the real changes happened in Real Madrid and one icon leaving Barcelona:
Lopetegui to fill giant shoes
Zinedine Zidane was the new King of Madrid and could seemingly do nothing wrong at the Santiago Bernabeu. Even though his team finished 4th, Real won their third successive Champions League Finals.
Before the World Cup started, Zidane decided to leave the keys with a stunning exit from the club. His successor Lopetegui signed while he was manager of Spain, leading to his instant dismissal from the team.
But there was even bigger news this summer in ‘Los Blancos’ camp….
End of 8 years with endless titles and one big rivalry
on July 10 after numerous rumours, Juventus declared to the world Cristiano Ronaldo has officially signed. The famous rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo can now only be seen in the Champions League. The Barca fans will now focus their energy on taunting Sergio Ramos.
Barcelona’s Return to Form
Would Valverde be the right choice to lead Barcelona to success and triumph over Real Madrid?
One look at the football and results against Real from last season suggests Valverde could take Barcelona to new heights. Last season Barca won 3-0 in the Bernabeu and tied the match at home 2-2. Not only have the team won matches, they did so in style. Lionel Messi has been playing some of the best football of his career, and the 14 point gap from 2 place Atletico says a lot about their season.
This is a Barcelona team capable of emulating the success enjoyed by Real Madrid last season.
Icon leaving to Japan
When describing the epic Barcelona in the last 13 years, one name will always pop up:
Andres Iniesta. A born and raised Catalan player with titles year after year, left to Japan to finish one of the most illustrious football careers. Iniesta was one of the main figures in all the El Clasico’s during his time. Who will enter his midfield space against Real?
If you would like to add a little personal excitement to an already enthralling fixture, you could make a wager prior to kick-off. Interestingly, both teams have scored in each of the last 5 meetings between them in La Liga at the Camp Nou. This makes for a tempting bet in this match.
So Why El Clasico 2018?
That’s the great thing about Barcelona vs Real Madrid, anything can happen and it usually does. There has not been a 0-0 draw in the previous 15 La Liga meetings between the teams at the Camp Nou. With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Benzema and Gareth Bale on show, it would be a massive shock if we did not see more goals in this game.