Zinedine Zidane’s team is on a very delicate stage of their season, because they’ve lost the lead of La Liga and they are very close to being eliminated from the Champions League, which means this Sunday’s “El Clasico” against Barcelona gains additional importance for Los Merengues.
Zidane’s rotation lost its effect
During a good portion of the season, Real Madrid’s French manager kept enforcing an interesting rotation of players on the starting lineup with positive results. However, that effect seems to have disappeared recently, with the club going through a negative streak of results for their ambitions on the season.
After having won the Spanish Super Cup at the beginning of the year, Real seemed like they were on track for a season that could be a successful one, but they’ve quickly thrown it all away when they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey at home by Real Sociedad.
That has probably left them a bit uneasy to the point of dropping 5 important points on the last 2 rounds of La Liga which allowed Barcelona to return to their position at the top of the standings.
And as if the poor results weren’t enough, Real was defeated this Wednesday by Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabéu (1-2), with their situation on the European competition now being equally shaky.
Apparently, this excessive rotation promoted by Zizou started to take its toll now because even the manager seems confused regarding what is the best starting line-up at his disposal right now.
Key duel against Barcelona
Because of all of this, and since they are at risk of having nothing more to play for during the rest of the season within a couple of weeks, Real Madrid can’t lose at home against Barcelona on Sunday, otherwise they will be 5 points behind their rivals at an advanced stage of La Liga.
And the truth is that after having led the competition with a 3-points advantage over the Blaugrana side and even having led the betting lines to win the 2019/20 edition of La Liga, Real is now on a very delicate position, being priced at 1.77 to become Spanish champions on Bet365, while Barcelona already recovered their favouritism with odds of 1.50.
For this clash on Sunday, Real Madrid is considered favourite to defeat their rivals Barcelona in Madrid. However, the troubled period that the club is going through might make their task more difficult on this occasion.
Still, Real Madrid is priced at 2.18 on 1XBet to get the 3 points and that way recover the lead of La Liga once again, at a stage where the club is at risk of only fighting for that objective until the end of the season.
As for Barcelona, they are on a more comfortable situation in the Champions League after drawing in Italy against Napoli by 1-1 and that offers them more tranquility to approach this match, even because a loss will leave them only 1 point away from the top of the standings and still perfectly on the fight for the title.
But a Blaugrana victory – priced at 3.00 on the main bookmakers – can be very harmful for the hosts’ aspirations, putting Barcelona isolated at the top of the league table with only 12 matches to go until the end of the season.
A season of ups & downs
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been making highly unpredictable campaigns this season, since both clubs have gone through very strong periods and other extremely negative ones already.
Real Madrid had a shaky start to the season, but they would eventually stabilize their results, winning a competition and standing out at the top of La Liga, but now they’ve fallen again, only getting 1 victory in their last 5 encounters on all competitions, having lost on 3 occasions during that period.
On the other hand, Barcelona slipped up earlier on the season and they were actually forced to switch managers, renouncing Ernesto Valverde and bringing in Quique Setien.
And despite the quality of their performances still being low, the truth is that Barcelona won the last 4 encounters in La Liga and got an important draw in Italy on the Champions League, which means they are on a better moment of form.
In any case, this season we’ve already seen a bit of everything from these two sides, which means it will be extremely difficult for us to imagine what we can expect from this Sunday’s clash.
Besides that, the different moments of form that the teams are going through doesn’t mean that within a couple of weeks things can’t simply change once again, just like it already happened this season. Basically, it seems like we will have a very exciting ending to the season on this 2019/20 edition of La Liga.