After working in good faith due to their shared interest in the European Super League over the past few years, there is a sense of tension and animosity growing between Barcelona and Real Madrid lately.
It was sparked by Real Madrid’s official statement a few days ago that confirmed the club’s involvement as one of the accusers in the legal proceedings of the Enriquez Negreira payoff scandal.
Real Madrid further stated that the club are concerned by the findings, in what was seen as a swipe at Barcelona.
The Catalan camp are livid with the situation, as the club have firmly denied all the allegations. They are even collecting information and have launched external investigations, with the idea of appearing before the press within two weeks’ time.
But one could sense that the animosity will grow further when Barcelona take on Real Madrid in La Liga this coming weekend.
In fact, Gerard Romero reports that Barcelona president Joan Laporta has no intention of sitting down with his counterpart Florentino Perez for the pre-match lunch.
Romero further states that the club will only accept the pre-match lunch if Real Madrid issue a public apology over their move to stand as one of the accusers in the legal proceedings, which may also include former Barça managers Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde.
This development is certain to add more fuel to the fire when the two teams collide this coming weekend, in what is considered to be the most crucial game in the context of the title race.
A win for Barcelona could indeed make them the undisputed favourites to secure La Liga this season, extending their lead at the top to whopping 12 points. Real Madrid, meanwhile, have a point to prove, having fallen against their arch-rivals twice since the turn of the year.