It's difficult to remember Real Madrid ever looking as clueless and toothless as it did in Sunday night's El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabéu. Maybe, with the league pretty much won, the remontada against PSG still fresh in the mind and Karim Benzema out, Real thought there was no such thing as a bad result.
Well, a 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in which Xavi's side could've scored seven or eight while dominating every facet of the game constituted a horrendous evening for Carlo Ancelotti's team.
Pese a jugar de local, Real Madrid recibirá hoy a Barcelona con un kit diferente a lo que acostumbra.
Los merengues dejarán el blanco con que todo el mundo los identifica para estrenar un modelo especial de color negro y que cumple dos funciones: celebrar los 120 años del club y promocionar su colaboración con el reconocido diseñador japonés, Yohji Yamamoto.
Less than five months ago, Barcelona's season reached a devastating low after defeat to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou was followed by an embarrassing loss to Rayo Vallecano in Madrid. Ronald Koeman was sacked and the idea of Blaugrana supporters actually looking forward to El Clasico 2022 time seemed entirely preposterous.
Where is Sergiño Dest for El Clásico and the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier? Unfortunately, ahead of what was going to be the biggest week of his career, an untimely Sergiño Dest injury is keeping the U.S. and Barcelona fullback off the pitch. Fortunately, he won’t be out for too long.
The planets aligned and will bring a lot of derbies around the world this weekend. Yes, you are probably very aware of El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday, but Spain is not the only country where the land will tremor with the passion of its fans.
Derbies around the world you can watch this weekend
Here is a list of the heated rivalries you will be able to witness, in chronological order.
Spain and Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in training, the LaLiga club said on Thursday.
An ACL tear can take from six to nine months to recover from, meaning Oyarzabal could miss out on being fit to feature in the World Cup in Qatar in November-December.
They're not finished. They're still two of the planet's best footballers and will battle for the game's biggest prizes over the next few years, but it's clear now that the 2021-22 season marks a personal decline for both Lionel Messi and Cristiano that's indicative of life as a professional athlete in your mid to late thirties.
For Messi, it'll be the first time in 14 years that he doesn't surpass 30 goals across all competitions. He's at seven with just 10 matches remaining.
Vinícius Jr. is lighting up LaLiga 2021-22. The talented 21-year-old is becoming a crucial resource for Real Madrid, and he is also demonstrating why he's the best Brazilian forward in Europe. His recent performance against Mallorca was one to watch, scoring and breaking some rivals' hips.
Sadly, the visit to Son Moix was far from being perfect. All because of a group of racist idiots who decided to attack him.
Vinícius Júnior's transformation this season has been well documented. The 21-year-old is now one of LaLiga's finest finishers and far more efficient in the final third, while his combination play with Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema from Real's left-hand side makes for some of the most exciting viewing in football.