Nothing less than a win; that's what FC Barcelona fans are expecting tonight from their team who have a rare opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Real Madrid after Los Blancos faltered against their city rivals Atletico yesterday afternoon. Well, by faltered, I obviously mean that Real stumbled, fell rather heavily and gave themselves a bloody nose with an appalling performance in which they were played off the park from the first minute until the last. Diego Simeone's side simply outclassed them en route to a humbling 4-0 win, momentarily drawing his team level with the Blaugrana in second place.
In that sense, there's an extra reason -- if any was needed -- to pick up the win tonight; not only do we want to close the gap on Carlo Ancelotti's team, but we need to maintain our lead over the reigning champions as well. Standing in our way will be Athletic Bilbao. Along with Barça and Real, Athletic are one of the historic giants in La Liga. They've never been relegated from the top tier of Spanish football, yet this season they are perhaps playing with fire -- poor performances and general inconsistency has left Athletic just five points above the relegation zone.
If they don't buck up their ideas soon, there's a possibility that they will be drawn into that relegation dogfight. Clearly they possess the quality to improve; will they display that tonight and spoil Barcelona's weekend? Predict the score of tonight's match by commenting with your prediction below. Best of luck!
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