El Clasico this season is confirmed without the presence of two icons, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, being the first time in 11 years. Many consider that the game will be quiet when the two players are absent, but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists that El Clasico remains an interesting match without Messi and CR7.
As is known, over the past decade, competition between Real Madrid and Barcelona does look more fierce and full of prestige, the article of the two meetings involving the two best players in the world in the last 10 years, Cristiano Ronaldo in the camp of Real Madrid and Barcelona have Lionel Messi. Well said, the two players are more attractive than the El Clasico party which has actually been known as a fierce match for a long time.
Unfortunately, the meeting between Messi and Ronaldo in the El Clasico match was confirmed to end following Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave Santiago Bernabeu in the transfer market last summer to join the defending champions Serie A Italy, Juventus. Without Ronaldo, El Clasico is still interesting to watch, because there is still Lionel Messi who has performed brilliantly since the beginning of this season.
However, a nightmare for Barcelona when their captain suffered a serious hand injury in the party against Sevilla last weekend. As a result, Messi missed three weeks missing a number of important games including El Clasico including. That is El Clasico’s first volume of the season is the first El Clasico without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since the last 11 years.
Many think El Clasico will lose the audience without the presence of these two players, but the Barcelona coach does not consider it that way.
“No, it won’t feel less El Clasico without them. El Clasico already existed before Messi and Ronaldo. In fact, before this there was a pig’s head thrown [towards Luis Figo in 2002], there was tension there. El Clasico remains El Clasico,” said Valverde.
Barcelona are considered more favorites to win in the party later following the negative period experienced by the rivals in previous weeks. However, Valverde was reluctant to take care of this negative period, due to the fact that Real Madrid still appeared solid on various lines.
“We don’t focus too much on the [Madrid story in critics], we focus on rivals, of course, but on what they can do. They can be devastating because they are a great team with great players. Good players always appear outside the crisis. When Madrid was injured, that was when they were the most dangerous. I hope Madrid is the best.”
The El Clasico match itself will take place on Sunday night, 28 October 2018 at the Estadio Camp Nou.