The Classico of earth is now just a Sunday afternoon game


Fanboys will probably bark at me insulting the Classico. Or, they might not even care, because Juventus won yesterday, and Ronaldo scored a brace against Empoli at Empoli, which makes him the best footballer in the world right now, and that’s all that matters for them!

For the first time in 11 years, the El Classico will be played without both Messi and Ronaldo. At that time, similar to this time, Messi was not available to selection due to an injury, while Ronaldo was writing history with another team. At that time again, similar to this time, both teams played 4-3-3, while Iniesta and Sneijder had long hair –well, relatively.

Useless information, right? So is today’s “super” Classico which can only be publicized by talking about the two players who will not even be on the pitch, which is, per se, more of a reason not to watch the game.

So let’s do the same thing and try to predict the game’s result based on meaningless statistics. Oh, and you could use the numbers if you’re a superstitious person like me.

It doesn’t need a statistic to prove that Real Madrid is out of form this season. In fact, they’ve been playing shitty football since Julen Lopetegui has arrived. The players don’t  seem committed to his playing style and are showing no efforts to make their fans happy –except for Marcelo, who is playing despite the injury he got against Victoria Belzen on a champions league night 5 days ago. P.S: When I say fans, I mean those who still watch their team’s games even after Ronaldo’s departure.

On the other hand, Barcelona have got their shape back after a sloppy start of the season. Messi’s phenomenal performances were crucial in Barcelona’s recovery, but his absence in midweek against Inter Milan didn’t, by anyway, affect his team’s system

Today’s game seems like a dogwalk for the Catalans, but the Galacticos have always been a pain in the neck whenever they play at Camp Nou -except for a few heavy defeats, which I expect will be the case today.

Leave your predictions below in the comments, and let’s meet after the game for more.

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