What is El clasico ?
If we talk about the rivalry in football, there comes el clasico. The two football giants Real Madrid of Madrid and FC Barcelona of Barcelona of Spain. These two clubs are the eternal rivals. It is not only game, it is war. The match between Real Madrid and Barcelona is called “El clasico”. Any matches between the rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona is given the name. Two rivals with bad blood between them. Two teams with absolute hate for each other. A competitive spirit like none in the world.
Meaning of El Clasico
El Clasico or el clasico (Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈklasiko]; Catalan: El Clàssic, pronounced [əl ˈklasik]. “The Classic” is the name given in football to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Hype of the clasico during 2010s
During the 2010s era, El clasico used to have different hype. The whole world used to watch El clasico. The prime Messi and prime Ronaldo under the two best coaches Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. It used to give goosebumps. Both the teams were full of the best players. Dani Alves and Marcelo, Ozil and Xavi, David Villa and Benzema. Pepe and Puyol. The El clasico stage was not for football, it was for war.
Match before El-clasico
Real Madrid are playing Athletic Bilbao at home. They annihilate them 5-1. The spirits are strong. Warning shots for the Clasico have been fired. Cristiano Ronaldo with a hat-trick.
Barcelona are watching this after their training. “If they scored five, we will too,” those are the spirits in the dressing room. One day later, they go out and go ballistic on Almeria. Not five, not six, not seven, but eight. 8-0 to Barcelona. Lionel Messi with the hat-trick.
“Bring on the El clasico,” the world is saying. The hype is there. The poster boys with hat-tricks. Two rivals with bad blood between them. Two teams with absolute hate for each other. A competitive spirit like none in the world.
Its hype in 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo is in Serie A. Lionel Messi is having a dry run. Real Madrid lose at home to Cadiz. Then lose to Shakthar Donetsk conceding three. Barcelona lost away to Getafe, winless in their last 2 Liga games. Varane had a horror show at home. Pique got a needless red card. Simply, we can say the clasico is losing its hype.
El clasico is around the corner but where is the fight? Where did the bad blood go? Where is the “death is better than a loss” spirit?
The clasico was about the leadership of Casillas and Puyol, about the never-ending fight inside Alves, Villa, and Pepe. About the cold-blooded management of Pep and Mourinho. About life and death.
Now it is social media battles, pre-match jinxes, post-match jibes, less football and more trolls, no logic and only bullshit. Social media was not strong 10 years back. I’m glad it wasn’t.
Head to Head wins in the classico
This would be the 245th time both the sides would be facing each other in a competitive fixture.
Barça and Madrid have also met 34 times in friendlies and other exhibition matches.
Games played: 181
Madrid wins: 73
Barça wins: 72
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Games played: 36
Madrid wins: 12
Barça wins: 16
Games played: 8
Madrid wins: 3
Barça wins: 2
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Games played: 20
Madrid wins: 8
Barça wins: 6
Games played: 244
Madrid wins: 96
Barça wins: 96