Remember the date
Barcelona and Real Madrid’s El Clasico clash finally has a confirmed date, after the original was postponed due to political unrest in the Catalonia region.
As arguably the biggest game in club football, the season’s opening El Clasico clash in October was fiercely anticipated.
Spanish football’s two biggest clubs could hardly be separated in the La Liga table, and the spectacle was set to be one to admire.
However, political protests in Catalonia at the time of the original date caused big issues.
Mass protests broke out across Barcelona, after nine Catalan political leaders were given lengthy prison sentences over the famous referendum in 2017.
Riots took place on the streets of Barcelona, and talk at the time suggested that the fixture could even be played at the Bernabeu.
However, as a precaution, La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation decided to postpone the game until further notice.
Now, we finally have a date for the first El Clasico of the season.
A Christmas spectacle
As announced by the clubs on Wednesday, the first El Clasico will take place on December 18th.
The clash will be played on a Wednesday, sandwiched in between two other La Liga fixtures on either side.
Barcelona will play Real Sociedad and Alaves before and after the matchup, while Real Madrid will play Valencia and Athletic Bilbao.
Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona are currently top of the table on goal difference.
Real Madrid trail by just two goals, with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla just one point behind the two powerhouses.
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