Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga today in the first El Clasico fixture of the season, while Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the reverse fixture on 23rd April 2017.
The heavyweights, currently enduring difficult runs in the league, will be looking to put their forms behind and win the game.
Real Madrid last won the fixture at Camp Nou by 2-1 but were hammered 4-0 in the reverse fixture. Madrid is currently top of the league table while Barcelona are second.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and co are really on a difficult game this time around as Barcelona look forward to lifting another Liga crown.
However, the Luis Enrique coached side will have a long road to trek against familiar foes who are still nursing the bashing they received at the last El Clasico.
In the last El Clasico game, Barcelona put up a great show of football at the Santiago Bernabeu to triumph over Real Madrid by four goals to nil.
Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez bagged a brace with Neymar and Iniesta also getting on the score sheet to complete then coach, Rafa Benitez’s misery.
But Barcelona seem not to be having the best of season.
In defence and midfield, a central feature of Barca’s season has been the fitness struggles of Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta – posing tough questions for the present and a future when Barca’s greatest generation all finally leave the stage.
Zidane’s men have been great so far, and he would be boosted in today’s encounter by the fact that he is Real Madrid manager with the highest rate of wins in La Liga history so far.
Barca’s not too impressive runs has an implication.
Luis Enrique dare not lose today’s match. This has nothing to do with how Zidane is subtly moulding Madrid but because, if Barcelona lose, they will be nine points behind with a title defence in tatters.