As Saturday gets closer, the tensions are once again on the rise. Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid at the Camp Nou tomorrow afternoon for the first El Clásico of the season. Often, these types of matches can decide much more than just who gets the all-important three points in the eternal race.
Mundo Deportivo even talk about the crisis in the capital, highlighting once again that Zinedine Zidane’s job may depend on getting a result against the Blaugrana.
Real Madrid have lost two of their last games, one against Cádiz in the league and the other against Shakhtar in Europe. So it’s safe to say that they are not exactly arriving in their best moment. The tensions are high, the paper states, and there’s a lot at stake here.
Ronald Koeman, on the other hand, is optimistic ahead of his first El Clásico. The team is in a good place even though there are still issues to be ironed out.
Of course, their biggest advantage is that they have the ‘King of Clásicos‘, as SPORT call Lionel Messi.
Without a doubt, the Argentine is the most decisive player of the Barça-Madrid rivalry. The Catalans’ captain has played 43 games since 2005 with a balance of 19 victories, 26 goals and 14 assists. And for Barcelona to keep winning these matches, he’ll have to be at his very best.
Elsewhere, Jordi Alba is on the road to recovery but even though he could make the squad tomorrow, it’s unlikely he starts the clash.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.