The tactical match-up between Real's Julen Lopetegui and Barca's Ernesto Valverde will put two different philosophies under the spotlight, a clash of footballing cultures and ideals.October 27, 2018
At least twice per season, and more if we’re lucky: El Clásico* is probably club football’s biggest fixture. When Real Madrid & Barcelona meet this weekend it will be the first time since Cristiano Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus, and with Messi injured, this will be the first El Clásico, since December 2007, not to feature one of the two best players in the world.
But this match has always been about more than individuals. And this tactical match-up between Real’s Julen Lopetegui and Barca’s Ernesto Valverde will put two different philosophies under the spotlight, a clash of footballing cultures and ideals.
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