Happy it’s a Friday, cause then comes Saturday, El Clasico madness begins!!
2011/04/15 § 8 Comments
It’s Friday! And I’m happy cause tomorrow will be Saturday. A big day for a footie fan like me. It’s an El Clasico day! For those of you who don’t know – it’s the Spanish derby between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, which happens twice in a season for the league. One at Camp Nou in Barcelona and the other at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. The first one in November was a right and proper thrashing of Real Madrid. A manita win! 5-0. But as several key Madrid players have healed and regained match fitness, Barcelona is racked with injuries and is playing with a makeshift defense and moving many players out of position. So the Saturday Liga game might prove different from the walk in the park that it was in November.
More importantly though, this Saturday game is the first of four El Clasicos in the space of eighteen days. Four. In Eighteen days! I don’t know many hearts and livers that can take that much excitement and heartbreak or exultation in such a short span of time. The nearest similar thing was in 1916 when the two teams played four games in 21 days. But with lesser trophies at stake.
This time, they are playing for the Liga title (although Barcelona has quite an advantage in points), the Copa del Rey and the Champions League finals berth.
So…as it stands, Barcelona can afford to lose the Saturday game, must win the Copa del Rey, can afford to lose the first leg of the tie at the Bernabeu, but must win at all cost in the aggregate at the Camp Nou.
Because of Barcelona’s depleted team, it seems very improbable to win all four (BUT I still think they can!). The first match, I feel, will set the tone for the rest of the matches so even though they can technically lose that and still be on top of the La Liga rankings, they should try to win it. They have to win the King’s Cup. They have to amass as many away goals at the Bernabeu tie match and if they have to lose, it should only be by a goal down with two away goals at least. Finally, they have to wrap it all up with a massive win at the Camp Nou. (I dream BIG, as you can see.)
Everything is easier said than done (!!!). But I have faith in the skill and spirit of my team, Barcelona. I think it can be done. To win all three titles.
Thank God it’s Friday. Only another night til Saturday. When everything will break loose. The next eighteen days will be both carnival and purgatory. And life might never be the same for cules such as me.
Visca Barca! Forca Barca!