There is no bigger match in club football than El Clasico, where the world stops for 90 minutes and watches arch-rivals, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, take on each other.
It does not matter where the match is being played, the hype, the tension, remains the same. Whether it is in Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou, or in Dallas, which is the venue for the upcoming clash.
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will face other in a pre-season friendly at the AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Although it has a friendly in its name, it will not be a friendly as both teams will play with maximum intensity and will be giving their all to win the match.
While the Los Blancos are in hot form during the pre-season having won two out of two games, a 3-2 victory over AC Milan and then a 2-0 victory over Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United, in a very dominating display.
On the other hand, the Blaugrana did not have a positive start to their pre-season. Their first match was called off due to some players having viral gastroenteritis. In the second match, they were handed a 5-3 defeat by Arsenal after a great game of football.
It has to be mentioned that Barca have beaten Madrid in their last two El Clasico friendlies, both in the USA; 3-2 in Miami in July 2017 and 1-0 in Las Vegas in July 2022.
Both Madrid and Barca fans are excited to see their stars taking on their rivals.
While one cannot match the excitement of Madrid fans who are eager to see Jude Bellingham, who scored a wonderful debut goal against United, Fran Garcia and Joselu, who scored the best goal of this pre-season tour with an overhead kick, in action.
On the other hand, Barca fans would be waiting to see Ilkay Gundogan, who captained the treble-winning Manchester City side last season, joining the midfield against Madrid.
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Garcia; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Romeu, Gündoğan; Lewandowski, Dembele.