Spanish La Liga NewsBarca’s ‘other’ challenge: match Real Madrid after 253El Clasicos
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Xavi’s Barcelona have a historic opportunity this Wednesday to achieve glory. On the one hand, the elimination of Real Madrid in the Cup semifinals would mean accessing his second final as coach, after winning the Spanish Super Cup this January, and if he also does so with a victory, he would equalize the overall balance in the history of the Clásicos in 101 victories, attesting that we are facing the greatest sporting rivalry of all time: in the 253 games that have been played so far between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the tally has been 101 wins for the whites, 100 for the blaugrana and 52 draws. This Wednesday the Clásico number 254 will be played , with a place in the Cup final at stake, and with the balance tipped in favor of Barça in the latest results . And not only because they have gone 0-1 in the first leg at the Bernabéu just over a month ago, but because they have emerged victors in the last three games they have played against Real Madrid: in the final of the Spanish Super Cup (1-3), in the semi final first leg of the Cup (0-1) and in the League match at the Camp Nou (2-1).In fact, in the seven occasions that Xavi Hernández and Carlo Ancelotti have met, five have ended in favor of the Blaugrana, to only two for the Real Madrid side, with the 0-4 loss at the Bernabeu last season as a great epitome. In this way, the Spanish coach has been able to reduce the differences between the two in the global calculation, until taking them to a minimum, as is the case right now, where only one victory separates them. And even in the global balance of goals there are also swords at the top, since only five goals separate them: Real Madrid has added 420 to FC Barcelona 415 . In addition, Sergio Busquets will continue to nurture his legend, establishing himself as the player with the most Clasicos played in history, with a total of 48 , three more than Sergio Ramos and Leo Messi.


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Thus, this Wednesday Barcelona and Real Madrid will face each other for the last time this season. It will be the fifth time, after the two League games, the Super Cup final and the Cup tie. A tremendous epilogue, without a doubt, to one of the most bitter rivalries in world sport.