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Papers: Today is the day of the ‘not as classic’ Clásico

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The day of El Clásico has finally arrived. This afternoon, two giants of Spanish football will clash for the first time in 2020/21. However, while some may be extremely excited for the game, others don’t feel it’s as big as it used to be, for numerous reasons.

For example, Mundo Deportivo say this is the ‘not as classic‘ Clásico or the ‘less classic‘ Clásico, suggesting the absence of supports will decrease its value.

In fact, this is the first clash between the two on an empty Camp Nou in the history of both clubs. In terms of personnel, the absences of Jordi Alba for Barcelona and Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid are still in question.

Not to mention that Zinedine Zidane might be fighting for his job later on today. Should he lose, there is talk of him potentially getting the boot…

On the other hand, SPORT are really excited about the clash, calling it the ‘Clásico of excitement‘.

Regardless of whether there are fans in the stands or not, Ronald Koeman is looking for his first Clásico victory today. He will indeed field the gala XI led by Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati.

Zidane, however, is struggling with results and this could be a huge test for Los Blancos.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Barcelona youngster nominated for World Breakthrough of the Year award by Laureus

Aaryan Parasnis

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Barcelona’s rising star Ansu Fati, has been nominated for the World Breakthrough of the Year award by Laureus. The annual award is bestowed upon those individuals or teams, who have made breakthrough performances in the world of sports.

Fati has been nominated alongside NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, motorbike racer Joan Mir, Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar and tennis stars Iga Swiatek and Dominic Thiem, who both won their first Grand Slam titles in 2020.

Ansu Fati was enjoying a stellar season with Barcelona since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign. However, in early November, the youngster suffered a knee injury against Real Betis in La Liga. He underwent surgery on the internal meniscus of his left knee and has been sidelined since.

The teenager is currently recovering and following a biological regenerative treatment plan outlined by Dr. Ramon Cugat. Prior to his injury the winger was in fine form and had scored five goals and grabbed two assists in ten appearances across all competitions. He is now expected to gradually return to full fitness by April.

Fati has been making breakthroughs ever since his Barcelona debut, where he became the second youngest player to represent the club in La Liga. He also became the club’s youngest league goalscorer as well as the youngest ever scorer in the Champions League and for the Spanish national team.

The Laureus award nomination is another feather added to the cap in what will surely be a glittering career. Due to the pandemic, the Laureus World Sports awards will have a virtual ceremony this year but the awards will be handed over personally wherever possible.

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