Real Madrid vs Barcelona
There’s a week to go, but already the excitement is building ahead of next weekend’s monster match in Spain.
El Clasico is arguably the biggest club football match in the world.
Next Saturday night will be no different. Real Madrid will host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu and Los Blancos really need to win to put pressure on the La Liga leaders.
As Madrid have been away winning the FIFA Club World Cup, Barcelona have extended their stranglehold on La Liga.
Barcelona 4 – Deportivo La Coruna 0
Barcelona moved 11 points clear of Real Madrid this weekend following a 4-0 win over Deportivo on Sunday.
Luis Suarez and Paulinho both scored twice for the Catalans in the Camp Nou victory.
Barca’s scoreline could have been even greater had Leo Messi not missed a penalty in the second half.
El Clasico & Guard of honour
After real Madrid beat Gremio in the CWC final, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about Barcelona’s possible guard of honour at El Clasico.
Ronaldo: “It would be nice and I would like Barcelona to make for us the guard of honour.”
On El Clasico itself, Ronaldo added: “I hope we can beat Barça so that the League is alive, we have to enjoy every moment because we do not know what can happen tomorrow, we are gaining confidence and we are going to improve and finish very well.”
Man United help Barcelona
But it’s now become clear that Barcelona’s stars will not honour the Real Madrid.
That decision was made by Barcelona director Guillermo Amor. Speaking after the Deportivo game, Amor confirmed Barcelona will not stand up for Real Madrid:
In this club, the guard of honor is usually made when we participate in the Champions League or La Liga… and this is not the case.
When reporting on issue in Spanish paper Marca, Man United’s precedent was also raised:
There is a precedent already this season as Real won the European Super Cup at Manchester United and there was no guard of honor in the next game; the Spanish Supercup that was played at the Camp Nou.