|With debts on their necks, Champions League slipping off their hands, will El Classico restore some pride to Catalonia? (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has sent words to Xavi Hernandez ahead of the latest installment of the famous Spanish La Liga showpiece, the El Classico which takes place on Sunday.
Both sides are neck to neck on top of the league table but recent developments on and off the pitch, especially in Europe has tilted the balance in favor of Real Madrid and as it stands, Barcelona may have too much to worry about than just three points.
A look into the books of the Catalonia side shows lots of debt and crashing into Europa League, which is a huge possibility following another poor result in midweek at home to Inter Milan means Juan Laporta’s idea of mortgaging the future to achieve immediate success may have failed and there would be consequences.
On the pitch, Xavi may have found out that it’s not as easy as it was in his playing days, and despite the great acquisitions in the summer, his squad may not be good enough or it’s probably more than just names, he needs to respond.
Real Madrid has their own problems but they have a way of grinding out results when it matters, Karim Benzema is back in the fold and you won’t put anything past them when their talismanic forward is in town, should we call a Madrid win already?
Xavi’s complaints about the referees in their failed champions league game already earned him some side comments from Ancelotti who thinks the former Barcelona midfield maestro complains too much and he’s always been like that.
Xavi now knows the implication of failing to land the title and dropping to the Europa League, if it continues to go further south amidst the financial crisis around the club, where does Barcelona go from here, and what becomes of the Laporta plan?