It will not be the first time, and it will not be the last, that this clash of the Spanish titans could decide the destination of the Primera Liga crown. After both clubs secured their places in the last eight of the Champions League in very different styles, the focus is now back on the domestic campaign. With just one point separating the clubs, a win for either side could give them the vital edge in the title race as we approach the final run of games.
Barcelona will enter the game as favourites after Real Madrid only managed a single win during a four game spell in March but as Lionel Messi noted: “When Madrid are in this situation… they are most dangerous.”
Madrid’s only win in March came at home against relegation threatened Levante but despite their slump, they remain just one point behind their league-topping rivals. A win at the Camp Nou could really put their season back on track as they look to contest for a league and Champions League double.
Luis Enrique’s team are still in contention for three pieces of silverware, and the former club captain seems to have finally answered any early-season critics who may have doubted his credentials as leader of the Catalan giants. A dominant mid-week display against Manchester City could have been more comfortable if it had not been for some off-target finishing and an inspired performance by City keeper Joe Hart.
With 17 wins in 18 games, Barca will be hoping to move a step closer to regaining the league title in front of a full house on Sunday night.