El Clasico date intersects with the Premier League summit, Football fans around the world will find themselves in great confusion, on Sunday.
The Santiago Bernabeu stadium will host the Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, at 2:15 pm UTC time, while Manchester City will be a heavy guest on Liverpool in one of the most exciting international matches in recent years, at 3:30 pm UTC time.
And the League recently preferred to hold the first-round Clasico during the day, to ensure that it is more marketed, especially in East Asian countries, but this usually collides with the dates of the Premier League, which most of its matches are played in the day.
Sunday’s Clasico expected to enjoy great excitement, in light of the two teams’ struggle for the top spot in La Liga, as Barcelona is in first place with 22 points, with a goal difference from Real Madrid.
Otherwise, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez wants to respond decisively to all skeptics of his project, through the Clasico, especially after the Catalan team approached the Champions League farewell, for the second consecutive season.
On the other hand, Real Madrid, led by veteran coach Carlo Ancelotti, seeks revenge after losing El Clasico, the second round of La Liga last season, at home with a clean four.
There is also a special conflict inside the stadium, popular with the fans, between Karim Benzema, captain of Real Madrid, and Robert Lewandowski, the Barcelona striker, who is playing the first Clasico in his career.
All these reasons, El Clasico may give a different luster and additional fun, but the face of Liverpool and Manchester City, may grab the spotlight completely on Sunday.
Premier League summit
Regardless of the two teams’ position within the Premier League table, the Liverpool-Manchester City match remains the most important in the English championship in recent years.
Manchester City is in second place with 23 points, one point behind leaders Arsenal, while Liverpool suffers this season, occupying tenth place with 10 points.
The struggle for local titles has recently been limited between Manchester City and Liverpool, which gives the recent matches between them a great excitement, especially in light of the conflict between the coaches of the two teams, Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool).
Many are also waiting to see Erling Haaland, the glowing City striker this season, and the Premier League’s top scorer so far with 15 goals in 9 games, in front of the abnormally faltering Liverpool defense.
On the other hand, Liverpool is counting on the support of its always enthusiastic fans inside Anfield, in order to beat Man City, and get an important impetus to move towards the advanced positions in the competition.
Same Scenario in El Clasico?
Last season, the El Clásico also intersected, with one of the most important Premier League matches between Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Premier League summit took the spotlight completely from the Clasico, after Liverpool won 5-0, in which Egyptian star Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford.
While the Clásico ended with Real Madrid beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou (2-1)… Premier League summit grabs the spotlight again from the Clásico?
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