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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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