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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview 29/11/2010

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview 29/11/2010

The much anticipated match between Barcelona and Real Madrid will now take place at 21:00 CET at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Champions Barcelona play host to Real, who are currently a point ahead following 10 matches. 


The match date was changed to avoid a clash with regional elections in Catalunya; by the professional league (LFP). The LFP said the decision was made to avoid; "the security problems that the coincidence of the two events on the same weekend could cause”.


Barca director Manel Arroyo, who is in charge of finance/marketing said; "We asked for it not to be on the Saturday and we would have preferred it to be on the Sunday but we understand that the schedules of the authorities, the security services and the television companies were chock full," he said.


The ‘Clasicos’ held last season formed a key part in deciding the eventual outcome of the league, though it has to be said that the league was somewhat dominated by Barcelona and Real, and this seems to be the case again in the current campaign. Barcelona triumphed in both events last time around, scoring 1-0 at Nou Camp, and 2-0 in Madrid, beating Real to the title by a record 99 points, to 96. In third place, Valencia finished on 71, with Sevilla in fourth position with 63 points.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is now in his third season, having led the team to victory in all four Clasico matches since taking charge of the club. This of course will inspire confidence in the already formidable side. In stark contrast, this will be the first Clasico for Jose as Real Madrid coach. However, with a recent 5-1 win against Athletic Bilbao, and their current standing at the top of the league, confidence will be high in the Real team.


It was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored the winning goal at Nou Camp in last seasons’ Clasico; however, predictions are still rife as to the starting line-up on the 29th November. One thing is for sure; the Clasico should once again prove to be an entertaining and high-powered meeting between the two giants.


The return match is scheduled to play on the weekend of April 16th-17th 2011, at the Bernabeu.

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