Spanish papers build up El Clasico as 'fight for LaLiga'

‘Historic opportunity’: Spanish papers build up latest El Clasico as the ‘fight for LaLiga’ with two points separating rivals ahead of Bernabeu meeting

  • Real Madrid welcome Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday evening in LaLiga
  • The two teams are once again going toe-to-toe to win the domestic title
  • Barcelona are two points ahead and Sunday represents an ‘historic opportunity’
  • Spanish papers previewed game that many are viewing as the ‘fight for LaLiga’ 

Sunday’s El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu has been billed as the ‘Fight for LaLiga’ by the Spanish press. 

Barcelona and Real Madrid are once again slugging it out for domestic dominance and with the Catalan side top, two clear of their hosts on Sunday, Lionel Messi and Co have an ‘historic opportunity’ according to the front page of Sport. 

The two sides have struggled to hit levels of recent seasons but with less than a single win splitting them after 25 games, this latest installment of El Clasico brings added significance with the winner taking a major step towards the title.  

Sunday’s cover of Sport describes the latest El Clasico as an ‘historic opportunity’ for the sides

With two points separating them in the league, the derby is seen as a ‘fight for LaLiga’ 

Lionel Messi and Co know that a win at the Bernabeu can see them go five points clear of Real

Marca ran with a front page that showed the LaLiga trophy being gripped by hands of both teams in a tug-of-war style illustration. 

It was accompanied by a headline that read ‘Fight for LaLiga’ while Mundo Deportivo described it as ‘The Big Chance’ for both to take a firm grip of the title race in the second half of the season. 

For Real Madrid, defeat would be particularly damaging, especially playing at home. 

Mundo Deportivo described it as ‘The Big Chance’ for both to seize the initiative 

Zinedine Zidane ‘calls on the Bernabeu’ to be the difference between the sides on Sunday night

On the front cover of AS, Zinedine Zidane ‘calls on the Bernabeu’ to be the difference maker between the two sides. 

Lose and they go five points behind, win and they are top by a single point. 

The two sides played in the league at the Nou Camp back in December and played out a 0-0 draw in a game that was majorly lacking in quality.  

Ernesto Valverde was in charge of Barcelona then and his successor, Quique Setien, needs a statement win after a stuttering start to life in charge. 

His side are on a run of three games without a win and they need to get back in the title race

They drew their last game away to Napoli in the Champions League and so will be seeking a swift return back to winning ways. 

For Real Madrid, they are on a run of three games without a win after a draw with Celta Vigo, a defeat to Levante and a midweek loss to Manchester City in the Champions League. 

Zidane’s players made the better start to the season but have wilted of late and so El Clasico represents a perfect opportunity to swing the momentum back in their favour.  

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