WHILST the Premier League will be delviering a rather drab set of fixtures this weekend, you need look no further than to our friends on the continent if you are looking for entertainment come Sunday evening.
It is indeed El Classico this Sunday, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, and for the first time in the league, Jose Mourinho vs. Tito Vilanova. Barcelona have made the perfect start in La Liga, winning six from six, and will not want to their lead at the top slip by losing to their greatest rivals at the Bernabeau in Madrid. It is the most watched club football game in the world but for the Champions League final, as viewers are overindulged with the best players in the world; mainly Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi and Iniesta. The quality is so high because these two teams simply dominate La Liga, having one 24 of the last 28 leauge titles between them.
However, if Spanish football is not your thing, then all you would have to do make your way to the coast, catch a ferry over to Genoa and head a little inland, you would then find yourself watching the Milan derby, one of the most intense matches in club football. Though they share a stadium, there is no love lost between these two rivals, with local pride at stake as well as the opporunity for both teams to get their season up and running, with both stuttering behind league-leaders Juventus and second-placed Napoli.
It is not just Spain and Italy that are serving up a treat for you this Sunday though, and if, much like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, you were to leave this Milan derby and make your way over to Paris, you would find another clash of giants taking place, with Paris Saint Germain playing Marseille in ‘Le Classique’, with the newly formed and enriched Parisian side hoping to build a legacy from this season on, with the aforementioned Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva leading the charge. Marseille have none other than the rather reserved character that is Joey Barton in their team in a clash that will see the current top two in France battle for supremacy.
So, if you find yourself bored by Liverpool’s clash against the rugby-footballing Stoke, or are wondering why Newcastle vs. Man Utd has made it onto Sky for the umpteenth time in the past decade, then look towards our European counterparts to assist your football hungry mind and spoil yourself with three games that almost always deliver.