El Clasico is usually a titanic struggle of Spain’s proudest football clubs, but Barcelona and Real Madrid have got a little less to crow about than usual this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s Catalan conquerors were beaten in the rain at Stamford Bridge in midweek, while Jose Mourinho’s Real fell to a boisterous Bayern Munich.
There is no time for heartache and no room for doubt. Their European campaigns may be on the brink, but the biggest domestic prize is still very much up for grabs.
This will be also be a battle of the goalscorers. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are neck and neck in the race for the top scorer’s award with 41 goals each.
Poor Ronaldo must wonder what on earth he has to do to be recognised as the greatest player in the world.