Real Danger at Nou Camp Malaysia's Mustapha "El Loco" Kamaruddin senses a Real danger surrounding the El Clasico this Monday


Barcelona will host bitter rivals Real Madrid in yet another El Clasico at Nou Camp on Monday (1.50am Malaysian time) in a Primera Liga contest.

Millions of fans, not only in Spain but all over the planet including here in Malaysia, are looking forward to it.

In Malaysia, from what El Loco gathered, most of the Primera Liga followers are either Barca or Real supporters and they are all excited and having some heated debates about who will triumph this time around.

The big match may be played on a Monday morning in Malaysia, but most of these fans are willing to stay up, glued to the TV screen, then go to work half-asleep looking like a zombie.

Like any El Clasico, this one promises to be yet another thrilling and dramatic battle to keep the fans entertain until the last whistle.

Consider this vital, vital factor.

Real are now eight points behind Barca in the Primera Liga table and if Jose Mourinho’s men lose, it will be 11!

The good news for Real supporters is that their beloved team are now in great form and have been banging goals like nobody's business.

The latest victory was the 4-1 bashing of Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hat-trick in this match and he is all fired up to be a pain in the neck for Barca.

Another interesting note is that striker Karim Benzema is in deadly form as well as was shown in his bicycle kick wonder goal against Ajax?

El Loco believes the Frenchman will start instead of Argentine Gonzalo Higuain who seems to have lost some steam recently.

These two superstars: Ronaldo and Benzema, are dangerous, especially in counterattacks, which Real are so good at executing.

Supporting Ronaldo and Benzema in the attacking aspect will be Angel Di Maria and either Kaka or Luka Modric.

Yes… the almost forgotten Kaka is back in business. He performed reasonably well against Ajax when he was named in the starting line-up.

It will not be a surprise if Kaka, who has been recalled to the Brazilian national side, starts again at Nou Camp.

More good news for Real is that the ‘feud’ between centre back Sergio Ramos and boss Mourinho seemed to have been settled, according to reports.

Thus the team spirit may well be higher.


More bad news rather than good I’m afraid.

They will be playing without a natural central defender after captain Carles Puyol suffered a dislocated elbow in the 2-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Gerard Pique is also down with an injury.

Manager Tito Vilanova has no choice but to rely on defensive midfielders Javier Mascherano and Alex Song to operate at the heart of defence.

Mascherano has been handling the job for quite some time now but still can look uncomfortable at times.

Song has yet to impress, despite the fact that Vilanova says he is happy with his contributions thus far since he signed up from Arsenal.

In short, the Barca defence do look shaky.   They tend to rattle easily when under pressure.

It is even more dangerous if Vilanova decides to employ the 3-4-3 set-up during the match, especially if Barca is behind.

Remember the deadly Real counterattacks.

Of course, Barca  have good news as well. There is no need to discuss much about Lionel Messi as everyone knows what he can do.

The good news is that front liners like Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and David Villa have been producing better performances as of late.

This means Barca will be poised to score two goals or more if they perform. The question now is how many they will concede?

Goals are expected in a match that may well end up with a draw. So Malaysian fans, be prepared with coffee come Monday morning.