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Wednesday 24 May 2017

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El Clasico: Step inside soccer's 'Colosseum'

Friday 02/December/2016 - 02:21 PM
Sada El Balad
El Clasico is arguably the biggest game in club football each year، but just how does it rate against other big matches? Plus، how do Barcelona and Real Madrid compare with each other، as well as with other clubs?

When El Clasico is on، the world really is watching. The most recent Barcelona-Real Madrid clash، in April 2016، aired in more than 90 countries around the world. matches and crashed out of the Champions League in stunning style. Seemingly، Real Madrid lifted the cloak of invincibility off Lionel Messi، Luis Suarez، Neymar and Luis Enrique’s Catalans.

And in truth، Barcelona has never been the same.

Entering Saturday’s global event، which is watched by roughly 2 million viewers in the United States alone، the two clubs have reversed roles since their last meeting. This time، Real Madrid enters El Clasico on a 31-match unbeaten run، while Barcelona is struggling. Los Blancos lead their eternal rivals by six points after starting the La Liga campaign unbeaten through the first 13 rounds. That undefeated streak jumps to 21 matches across all competitions for the 2016-17 campaign، as Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane continues to prove his first season in charge was no fluke. A win on Saturday would lead Real Madrid to a nine-point lead over Barcelona in La Liga.

From the time Real Madrid last played Barcelona، Cristiano Ronaldo and company have only suffered one defeat. That loss came against Wolfsburg in Germany only four days after the April 2 El Clasico at the Camp Nou، and Madrid quickly avenged that result with a 3-0 victory over the German side a week later. So 33 matches later، Real Madrid has already spoken for its lone loss.

Already، the 2016-17 campaign has featured three defeats for the Blaugrana، including a stunning come-from-behind victory by Manchester City in the Champions League. One can count four losses if the Catalan Super Cup is included، though that game has no bearing on La Liga، the Copa del Rey or the Champions League.

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