SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: REAL MADRID | SUBSTITUTES OR FULL TEAM AGAINST FC BARCELONA ?

REAL MADRID | SUBSTITUTES OR FULL TEAM AGAINST FC BARCELONA ?

For those who may not know, there will be another "Clasico" this weekend. Yes, another match between Real Madrid & FC Barcelona on Saturday at 16.00 as part of Round 26 of La Liga.

For World Football fans this is a blessing but for these Clubs perhaps it is not. In the Barcelona case, they go in after an exhausting Spanish Cup semi last Tuesday which they lost & were eliminated, plus they are going through a rough patch with two losses in a row ( the another was against AC Milan ) & low moral. For Real Madrid its even less comforting as they face next Tuesday an all important Champions League match at Manchester United. The Champions tie is even at 1 - 1 & next weeks match takes on a super important dimension as Real Madrid is totally focused to attempt to win the European competition which is historically their obsession.



Thus the dilemma & Spanish Football debate in the local media & football circles. Will Real Madrid start on Saturday with a side full of substitutes? Some speculate that Coach Mourinho will front a Real Madrid team full of players whom normally don´t get a run or aren´t regulars. This way he keeps fresh those players which he counts on for the Manchester United game three days later. Logical if you think about it, Real Madrid has virtually said good-bye to the Spanish League title with FC Barcelona on top & enjoying a 16 point advantage. So why risk? Pragmatism must rule as the reachable objective is the Champions League & not the Liga.

This case gives players like goalie Adan, Carvalho, Albiol, Marcelo, Nacho, Kaka & young Morata a fabulous opportunity to play a "Clasico", a chance to claim a regular place & give them a "World stage" with millions of spectators to showcase themselves & win some glory.

An in-house survey with Real Madrid fans concluded that 90 % feel that Champions is more important than Liga & would field a team of substitutes. Note, a Real Madrid team of substitutes is better than the first teams of 98% of all World Clubs. 

Less of a game therefore? Not at all, a "Clasico" is one of the best & finest games in World Football. There is more than just Football at play, pride & history play their roles & this will ensure a game not to be missed.   

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