It's finally that time of the season again as Real Madrid and Barcelona will once again grace the footballing world by storm in preparation for Spain's biggest rivalry, El Clasico. Since 2008, Barcelona have been the better side of the two, having won their five of their six matchups in La Liga, including two notable ones, the 6-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 and the 5-0 demolition job at the Nou Camp last year.
In other competitions, it was a split of silverware as Madrid defeated the Catalans 1-0 in the Copa del Rey last season, but Barcelona obtained Europe's biggest prize the Champions League at Madrid's expense after a 3-1 aggregate win in the semifinal. It did not finish there as Barcelona again got the better of their Castillan rivals as they won the Spanish Super Cup 5-4 on aggregate.
As far as the current La Liga season is concerned, Real Madrid is now on top of the league, with three points ahead of Barcelona prior to the Clasico. Both sides have also been faring well in the Champions League after advancing to the knockout stages in first place, giving them the advantage come the round of sixteen.
Real Madrid has been the better of the two teams in this season so far as they have made the Santiago Bernabeu a fortress, winning all of their six games so far at home, their most recent was the 4-1 win against local rivals, Atletico Madrid. The attacking third of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, and Angel di Maria have been very effective in attack while Sergio Ramos and Pepe have created a formidabble partnership on defense as Ricardo Carvalho is out injured.
Barcelona, even though they are still in prime position to claim a fourth straigh title, have a blip in their road games, notching up 12 points after winning three, drawing three, and losing against Getafe. But one does not count out the reigning Spanish and European champions as Fabregas has been continously feeding the ball for Lionel Messi and Thiago Alcantara aside from Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
As for the Filipino fans, who have been settling for a live stream during El Clasico, the match will be shown live on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 5:00am at AKTV on IBC 13. It will be the first time that the biggest game in Spanish football will be shown live on local television. Culminating a football filled weekend that would begin with the UFL Cup Battle for 3rd, the UFL Cup Final and the El Clasico.