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Today see’s Real Madrid take on Barcelona in El Clasico. More importantly it is a chance for Gareth Bale to prove his worth and he knows that this fixture has the power to make or break him.
Bale has had a tough few weeks since joining Real Madrid from Tottenham this summer for £86 Million, an apparent groin strain has seen him side-lined with injury and when he did manage to make his debut against Villareal, he has only managed half an hour for Wales.

 

Real Madrid are being careful to protect their most expensive asset and with 15 minutes against Malaga and 23 Minutes against Juventus midweek in the Champions League you get a sense of nurturing and protection to ease him in gently after injury. Protection and nurturing that has come down to this, EL CLASICO; The biggest and badest game on the planet, the game Bale (like every other galactico) was bought to win! You get the feeling that this year will be very different, it is still ‘the worlds derby’ it’s still the main event, and it will still feature two of the finest players to ever grace a football field in Christiano Ronaldo and Lional Messi, however this time we see the introduction of Neymar and Bale on opposing teams respectively.

(Neymar) one of the brightest young talents the world has to see. The Brazilian has a lot of hype behind and for a good reason as well. He’s exciting and very skilful and is always a joy to watch. The other Gareth Bale (do I need to say anymore) the most expensive footballer in history. It will be amazing to see if Bale lives up to the pressure he faces (imagine the pressure on his shoulders to deliver in this match). He can either be a hero, or a flop, there really isn’t any middle ground.

 

No,  see the glamour will always be there, a combined estimated cost of all players in this fixture, a heady £1 Billion.  Barcelona V Real Madrid is always more than a game….and it always will be because of the political and sociological significance attached to both clubs. The rage, the jealousy, a sense of genuine hatred boiling over during the match which often leads to endless Red Cards and the constant surrounding of referees.

 

A fresh face in Carlo Ancelotti will watch his side take on Barca managed now by Gerardo Martino which it is hoped will be more about Catalan nationalism  and pride than that of trading insults and eye poking which was sadly shown before in Jose Mourinho.

 

Yes, it is about the football now and pride, what football should be and what a example we have in store this weekend. Expect all of the above, this fixture is not without its controversies, but sit back and Enjoy. Welcome, this is EL CLASICO the most exciting fixture in the world