La Liga Centenary has announced the start time of the highly anticipated “El Clیکsico” of the 2021/22 season. FC Barcelona will host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday, October 24, starting at 16:15 CEST.
The initial schedule has come as a relief to football fans in Asia, who will be able to enjoy the game in the evening before evening.
It will be a huge fixture for both clubs, as they will face each other for the first time without their former captains Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos. So far this season, two Spanish giants have achieved very different results, with Real Madrid at the helm.
Barcelona are seven points behind Los Blancos after another disappointing draw against Cadiz this week. They also lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the opener of their UEFA Champions League group stage last week.
Meanwhile, the return of Carlo Ancelotti has breathed new life into the Real Madrid squad. Newcomers David Alaba and Eduardo Camavenga have proved to be real gems, both playing significant roles in the first few matches of the campaign.
Real Madrid are unbeaten so far, and are two points ahead of defending champions Atletico Madrid. They also won against Inter Milan in their UCL opener last week.
Visitors are in high spirits, while the situation at Camp Nine is tense. In fact, manager Ronald Koeman can no longer be in charge when Clasico arrives about a month later. Since last week, speculation has been rife about his possible dismissal, and two consecutive La Liga draws in the past week have not helped.
Barcelona must win the Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev on October 20, a few days before Real Madrid’s reception for El Clیکsico. The mood at Camp Nou will be directly affected by the match, with the club in danger of being knocked out soon after losing their opening match.
After losing twice against the same opponents last season, Real Madrid will also be hoping to win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.