’s slogan is “more than a club,” but over the last few months it might have been more appropriately “a bit of a train wreck.”
By virtue of the fan base and history Barcelona is always going be in the headlines but never before has the club had to contend with so many stories that cast the club in such negative light in such a short space of time.
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Defending World Champions, European Champions in 2008 and 2012, success at the age-group level, Real Madrid and Barcelona continually top or near the top of the wealthiest clubs list and home grown players much sought after around the world – this is a Golden Age for Spanish soccer ……..or is it?
Last week there was a very public reminder that success has not brought benefit to all. Because for all the success achieved over the last 10 years or so Spain has an unsustainable system by which the top two teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona – siphon… to read more please click on the link.
Lead-up and line-ups
Both teams went into this game with new coaches and new signings. What wasn’t new was the expectations and hype.
To date Barcelona had negotiated the transition to Gerardo Martino with greater success than that of Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti.
Barcelona dropped their first league points in nine games last weekend in a scoreless draw away to Osasuna.
Real Madrid was three points behind Barcelona after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal and a 1-0 derby loss to Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid went into the game looking for a third consecutive clasico win, something they had not done in 34 years.
Of Real Madrid’s three big summer signings only Gareth Bale made…to read more please click on the link.