Barcelona returns to Bernabeu with title race on the line

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

If the three points go to the team playing with confidence and belief, the team in form, then victory will be Real Madrid's.

Facebook Live was leveraged extremely effectively in the build-up, during and after the last match, driving 27m views from over five hours of content broadcast by the two teams.

The analysis revealed that the combined TV and social media value of the last El Clásico in December 2016 generated around $42.5m for sponsors.

Barcelona were desperate for their star asset to play in of El Clasico.

The Catalans contested the decision as they feel both the player and the club have an impeccable disciplinary record - it was the first dismissal in a Blaugrana shirt for the Brazil global and a first in La Liga for his team since October 2015.

The 34-year-old has already felt the wrath of Barcelona this season after wrongly ruling out a goal that clearly crossed the line before Aissa Mandi hacked it away in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis back in January. La Liga is known by El Clasico name in Spain or Spanish speakers. You have to watch it on late night. Barcelona have won two trebles in the last 10 years so Madrid's record looks poor in comparison. Victory at the Bernabeu would have cut a seemingly insurmountable deficit with Barcelona to just one point, but Pep Guardiola was merely biding his time to make his mark as a coach.

Real Madrid could also be without their full compliment of forwards.

Madrid Under-12s accepted the apology, though, and held on to win the match 1-0 and won the tournament. They have also played one game less than Barcelona who has 69 points. And it's a must-win game for Barcelona to keep hopes alive for a third-straight La Liga title, because Real Madrid sits atop La Liga with a three-point lead over Barcelona, which has played a game more. "There will be changes in Barcelona during the summer, but even if they had won the Champions League, there would have been changes anyway", Salgado said.

Hernandez has seen plenty of Barcelona this summer, he has taken charge of seven games in total with the Blaugrana winning five, drawing one and losing one. The only stadium where he has scored more, other than the Camp Nou, is at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon.

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