El Clasico 2011; Center-stage Bernabeu. Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first Clasico of the Spanish league season on Saturday with the edge in the title race, but fearful of Barca coach Pep Guardiola's enviable record at the Bernabeu. Are you ready for this epic battle? Click here
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Real Madrid Vs Barcelona
Spainish Primera Division La Liga
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Kick Off: 22:00 CET, 16:00 ET
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
TV: ESPN, Aljazeera, SuperSport, GolTV, Canal
It is now three years since Real last won the league and while they carry a three-point lead over their Catalan rivals with a game in hand, they know that the Clasicos can play a key role in the destination of the championship. While Barca have stuttered away from home this season, Real have been relentless and will be now looking for their 16th consecutive victory in all competitions, while in the league they have scored 49 goals in 14 games.
Still, the statistics go out of the window when the visitors are the domestic and European champions and have already beaten Real this season in the Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona have generally come out on top in direct clashes between the arch rivals since the arrival of Guardiola as coach in 2008, with the notable defeat coming in the Copa del Rey final last season.
Guardiola has registered two wins and a draw at the Bernabeu when the two teams have met in the league, while including matches at Camp Nou, Barca have had five wins and a draw. Along with this, Barcelona also knocked Real out of the Champions League in the semifinals last spring. Barca midfielder Xavi has tried to play down the importance of the game, however, by claiming that it will not be decisive in who wins the title.