The 6 Point Deficit
Real Madrid lead the La Liga standings by 6 points. However, even though it’s in the early stages of the season, it’s a crucial lead to have. With Zinedine Zidane looking to add another trophy in his cabinet, after last season’s Champions League, he’ll be looking to extending this lead further.
With Atletico Madrid finding it difficult to keep up the pace, Real Madrid know a victory in Clasico is the only way for them to strengthen the grip for the title. A victory over their rivals will give them a 9 point advantage. That will be a huge mountain to climb for the Blaugranas. Luis Enrique must realize how important it is for him to win this fixture. Barcelona is unbeaten in 29 of their last 32 home matches in La Liga. With Camp Nou as the venue this weekend, he’ll be desperate to en-cash the home advantage. If Real draw the first blood at Camp Nou, they’ll have amazing momentum for the return fixture at Santiago Bernabau. Both sides must realize how crucial this Saturday’s fixture is for them.