Rarely have lived such exciting duels in the second round of the league competition. This Sunday, starting at 9:00 p.m., the Santiago Bernabéu will open its doors to host a show with the honor and leadership at stake. Leading the top category of Spanish football is not easy and much less is keeping you on the path of triumph among so much competition. Now, whites and Barca will go through their final exam before the season closes with a significant rise in morale and the same goal set on their horizon: reach the top rummaging through the wound of the maximum rival to secure the title. The cast directed by Quique Setién, current champion of the competition, wants to continue paving his way to re-intone the alirón at the end of this campaign and therefore, after having recovered the first position of the leaderboard before the Eibar Sports Society of José Luis Mendilibar with thrashing included, they will cancel the margin of error from the beginning, with the intention of avoiding a stumbling block that gives rise to afull-blown sorpasso , being aware that these games generate a plus of encouragement among the fans, who will also assume a fundamental role and among which, the whites, in the majority, will try to decline the balance in favor of the victory between the four walls of the Madrid fief.

Visiting the maximum rival always has a certain degree of emotion : it means setting the counter to zero and starting an intense fight from the initial beep in which something more than three points is at stake . With the high expectations that mark the requirement that requires another blow of authority in the national competition, the participants of this duel of the Titans will fight to acquire a necessary moral increase in the face of the most important challenges of the season. The pride of being the team to beat is at stake in a match in which all the focus of attention is placed on the context in which it is played and everything that could be decided at the moment with the achievement of victory.

The obligation to maintain regularity and the objective of improving the records achieved in the past seasons come together and put pressure. This match is a classic. It is one of those matches in which defeats are more than penalized. Winning is an obligation and motivation plays an important role in taking the first step. The resignation does not fit in the dictionary of the great teams that year after year fight to win the most coveted trophies of the season. With revulsive factors and surrounded by other applicants along the way, the desire to win a victory resurfaces.

This March 1 will be a titanic duel for both to demonstrate that they continue to practice attractive football . It will undoubtedly be a special duel in which both teams must demonstrate that they are going for all. There will be no truce for Zinedine Zidane and Quique Setién.

The Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, ​​determined to overthrow the Catalans

Those of Zinedine Zidane have reason to trust. With the continuous stellar appearances of Karim Benzema, now leading the attack, and with a good run in between, the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol players arrive in a good situation, since they occupy the second place in the leaderboard, being at two points with his maximum rival with desire to continue fighting for the league title . At the scorer level, the French striker turns out to be a killer in the area and usually takes his team out of trouble. For this reason, and having Leo Messi as his rival in the area, he will star in an intense fight to lead the Pichichi table.

It is true that whites arrive with good morals. Teams like the Real Valladolid Football Club, the Athletic Club of Madrid or the Osasuna Athletic Club, have suffered the rise of the team in the domestic competition, where they will have no qualms when fighting to be able to aspire to the title of champions . It must also be said that those of Zinedine Zidane arrive from having tied for the last two league days. The first time, before the Real Club Celta de Vigo, the Madrid team left two points while still holding the lead on day 24. In the second, the fall was much harder against the Levante Unión Deportiva de Paco López , who did that lost the status of favorite with a view to this Classic.

After twenty-five days, the white cast has reinforced its defensive lines and has positioned itself as the first team that has scored the least goals, remaining above a Football Club Barcelona that has increased its effectiveness in the face of goal and that has positioned itself as the team that has scored the most goals played. The defense is the strength of the team led by Zinedine Zidane. Although the season started out in an unusual way, showing weaknesses and deficiencies, the Real Madrid players have changed their defensive tone and have built a solid defense, with bastions such as Raphaël Varane or Sergio Ramos. The seventeen goals conceded in the current season place him as a team that has worked correctly in the defensive facet.

The Soccer Club Barcelona, ​​to extend the advantage to take oxygen in the fight for the title

This duel will be special for Quique Setién. As the new commander of the Azulgrana cast, he will play this Classic with the emotion that this challenge requires and the main objective of fulfilling the claims that he has set as a technician to firmly aim for the league title. With the Santander, the Catalans have shown a clear improvement and have also made pineapple to fight for the only two titles that remain at stake for the squad. Knowing that the juicy objective of revalidating the title of current champions is at stake, the preparation must be maximum and confidence must prevail especially when facing challenges like the one they will face this Sunday. The maximum rival is not always visited and there is not always the opportunity to claim authority and solvency. Now, the Catalans have in their boots the power to stay at the summit of Spanish football. Therefore, they will open the doors of the Santiago Bernabéu to face a duel of intensity, but also a duel in which both teams will measure their forces in the face of everything that comes.

The azulgranas arrive being in a positive situation . The team of Quique Setién achieved the status of a favorite in the face of this duel on the last day of the league championship, when he beat the José Luis Mendilibar Sports Society with a Leo Messi at the head who signed a goal poker. After that great result and the defeat of the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol against the Levante Unión Deportiva in the Ciutat de València, they will be measured at their maximum rival holding the leadership. With fifty-five points, seventeen victories, four draws and four defeats, the objective of this team is none other than to remain on the path of victory in style, thus achieving a solid advantage in the leaderboard that allows them to remain above who is their greatest rival and greatest persecutor in the fight for the title.

Focusing on the records achieved so far, it can be concluded that the Catalans must step on the feud of whites with lead feet, since they maintain a better run as locals than as visitors . As indicated by the classification table, the Barca cast continues to be undefeated among the four walls of the Camp Nou, but at home, it is weaker. With regard to the goals, forty-four are those achieved in the Barça fief and twelve are conceded, while out of it, eighteen have been achieved and seventeen those obtained against.

Background

Regarding the statistics, it must be said that the Football Club Barcelona has more favoritism than the Real Madrid Football Club in the face of this duel. Of the last nine games played , the Barça team has won the victory in five .

SeasonWorking dayConfrontationOutcome
2019/2010Soccer Club Barcelona

Real Madrid Soccer Club
0-0
2018/1926Real Madrid Soccer Club

Soccer Club Barcelona
0-1
2018/1910Soccer Club Barcelona

Real Madrid Soccer Club
5-1
2017/1836Soccer Club Barcelona

Real Madrid Soccer Club
2-2
2017/1817Real Madrid Soccer Club

Soccer Club Barcelona
0-3
2016/1733Real Madrid Soccer Club

Soccer Club Barcelona
2-3
2016/1714Soccer Club Barcelona

Real Madrid Soccer Club
1-1
2015/1631Soccer Club Barcelona

Real Madrid Soccer Club
1-2
2015/1612Real Madrid Soccer Club

Soccer Club Barcelona
0-4

How do the equipment arrive?

It is true that when it comes to talking about the favoritism that each of the teams have, it is necessary to make reference to the condition of leader that currently holds the Football Club Barcelona . After having recovered the first position of the qualifying table before the Eibar Sports Society and after the defeat of the Real Madrid Soccer Club in the Ciutat de València, it could be said that the cast directed by Quique Setién arrives in a better state of form and with the confidence meter fuller than its rival, being something that, in turn, is due to the return they have signed in the framework of the maximum continental competition, in which despite tying with the Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli of Gennaro Gattuso, left everything to decide and the best emotions for the duel that Camp Nou will host in mid-March, staying hopeful to get the ticket of the quarterfinals.

Regarding the team of Zinedine Zidane, it must be said that the same cannot be said. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stormed Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of the round of 16 and starts with a clear advantage ahead of the return that will host Etihad Stadium. With their hobby, the English could take a blow of authority by eliminating one of the rivals to beat the European territory and Kevin De Bruyne and company will not be for the work of forgiving and losing a golden opportunity.

The person in charge of passing the final sentence

Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will be in charge of issuing the final sentence in the Santiago Bernabéu. This collegiate, belonging to the Committee of Referees of the Valencian Community , is one of the most famous in Spain, since so far, he has directed matches in all the important competitions in the world, having arbitrated since in the Spanish domestic competition, even in the UEFA Europa League, going through the Olympic Games.

Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz represented Spain in the arbitration collective of the last World Cup event, held in Russia in 2018, debuted in the First Division in 2008 and three years later, in 2011, he obtained his license to arbitrate in the FIFA competitions, becoming an international collegiate.

In Copa del Rey, this Valencian referee has directed thirty-seven matches, has shown more than a hundred yellow cards, three red cards, among which a direct one, and has sanctioned with seven penalties.

It will be the fifth Classic for the collegiate of Algimia de Alfara and the second referee in the Santiago Bernabéu after he led the second leg of the Spanish Supercup played in 2013, in which the Whites beat the Catalans with the goals of Gonzalo Higuaín and Cristiano Ronaldo. Football Club Barcelona, ​​at that time trained by Tito Vilanova, played in inferiority from the 28th minute after the expulsion of Adriano Correia and only got a goal in his favor, marked by Leo Messi.

The person in charge of directing the VAR at Santiago Bernabéu will be  José Luis González González , a First Division referee who belongs to the Arbitrators Committee of Castilla y León .

The statements of the previous

The coach of Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, Zinedine Zidane , appeared in the press conference room of the Sports City of Real Madrid, located in Valdebebas, to assess the game that Sunday will host the Santiago Bernabéu. The whites, who come from losing to Manchester City of Pep Guardiola in the first leg of the round of 16 of the continental competition and leaving points against Levante Unión Deportiva in the league championship, want to return to the path of victory and The match against the Football Club Barcelona is postulated as a golden opportunity not only to add and regain the leadership, but to give a blow of authority to the top rival. About the game, the French coach has stressed the good spirit that has the template: “Heart, head and unity. It’s everyone’s spirit. We have a chance to make a great game.”

Keeping as a reference the last match played , in European territory, Zinedine Zidane has talked about the factors that have corrected in recent days in Valdebebas: “We have talked about it. We are going to try to correct it. We have to react and that is what we did for 78 minutes.” On how vital this game is in order to recover the leadership that just two weeks ago, Zinedine Zidane has talked about the equality they see in every game and the goal that their players put in each and every one of them, without neglecting any. “For us all are vital and important. It is a different game from the others but it is the same. Now, we are in a delicate moment, but our spirit has to be positive to get that out. We need our people with us,” he said.

In addition, the coach of the white team valued the importance of the presence of Leo Messi , who comes from scoring a goal poker in the last league match of the Catalans against the Eibar Sports Society. The French stressed the essentials of their performances, but also recognized the good level of the rest of the players of the squad led by Quique Setién: “We know their importance and that’s it. He is a fundamental player for them, but they are good anyway” .

For his part, the coach of the Football Club Barcelona, Quique Setién , appeared in the press conference room of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to talk about the game and review some current issues that revolve around the entity. On the bad moment that crosses the white set, that comes from losing in European territory, the Santander technician has wanted to emphasize that he does not trust the dynamics and that he hopes to obtain the advantage that they need so much in the fight for the leadership with a victory . “It could be an important day because a victory would give us an advantage that I don’t know if it would be enough. I guess not, because we have already seen very strange things in football, but the reality is that I do not trust the dynamics,” he said .

The Cantabrian, who was present Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu and witnessed the victory achieved by Manchester City of Pep Guardiola , with whom he had a talk at the end of the meeting, acknowledged that his intention was to contemplate the game of the white cast to be able to polish the last details for the Classic. “I did not go to see Guardiola. I went to see the game, I went to see Madrid and a rival that is very similar in terms of concepts to our team. We were drawing conclusions. We already saw the plan he designed to play the game. There are things that the City could do that can come in handy. There the conversation with Pep settled a little, “he confessed.

On the past victories of the now coach Culé, when he was coach of Real Betis Balompié , Quique Setién has confirmed that he has analyzed past matches to try to get clear ideas in the face of the clash: “We have seen again the game we play the year passed against Madrid with Betis and we have tried to capture things that can really be worth us. a great team, although now we can think that it is not in a good moment “.

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