The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have announced that the most watched rivalry in world football will see Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in the first Clasico of 2016-17 at the Nou Camp in early December, with the return LaLiga fixture to be played at the Bernabeu in on April 22-23, meaning it will form part of LaLiga run in and could be decisive in the race for the title.
To add to the spice of this rivalry, the match in April comes just days after the Champions League quarterfinals are scheduled, so both managers will have to balance their teams in what will be a busy April with potential La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey matches.
Last season the Camp Nou match was played second, on 2 April 2016, with Real Madrid snatching a 1-2 win after Gerard Pîque had put the home side ahead and it looked like the Catalan side were cruising to a comfortable three points with Madrid reduced to 10 men after Sergio Ramos’ dismissal. Madrid (by then under the tutorship of Zidane) fought back though and strikes from Benzema and Karim Benzema saw Barcelona’s 39 unbeaten run come to an end.
It was a different story when both sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the 2015/16 campaign as Barcelona demolished Real Madrid 0-4 with a rampant Catalan side crushing Rafa Benitez’s side with goals from Suarez(2), Neymar and Andres Iniesta.
El Clásico Dates 2016/17
December 3-4: Barcelona v Real Madrid – Buy El Clasico Tickets
April 22-23: Real Madrid v Barcelona – Buy El Clasico Tickets