Real Madrid and Barcelona’s meeting today could have a massive say in the La Liga title race. Barca are two points clear of Real at the top of the table after 25 games.
Ahead of the La Liga clash, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sporting Life: “If Barcelona win it would be a five-point gap – that is a big gap.
“But both Barcelona and Real Madrid have lost games you wouldn’t expect them to lose this season, it’s been a very competitive season.
“The level has dropped a little bit with Real losing Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona going through a little bit of turmoil, so the result might not mean a lot in the title race.
“We have seen ups and downs from both sides and there are still 12 matches after this, that’s so many games to go.”
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Balague also praised the impact of Quique Setien since becoming replacing Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona manager in January.
“If you’d told me a few weeks ago that Barcelona would be two points ahead of Real Madrid I would’ve said no way, we’re talking about another year, another century, but they just turned it around in no time,” Balague added.
“Quique Setien is a 61-year-old man who has got the dream of his life and he’s going to do it his own way, whatever the cost, so he knew there would be a transition with a team that had stopped pressuring so high and working so hard without the ball.
“He has given them the ball back, they are playing out from defence with high risk and recovering the ball very quickly. The identity is getting back to the pre-Valverde era.
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“The feeling is that Barcelona are getting better.”
What time does Real Madrid vs Barcelona kick-off?
Tonight’s El Clasico gets underway at kicks off at 8pm GMT.
Can I watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona for free?
Live television coverage can be found on LaLigaTV in the UK.
The channel is available on Sky and Virgin TV, with streaming available via the Premier Sports Player.
Unfortunately, the match isn’t free to watch as a subscription is required.
LaLigaTV costs £5.99 per month or £49 for an annual subscription.
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