It's El Clasico time again, and after the eleventh billion time this fixture's been played in the last twelve months, you'd think the public might have lost some of its appetite for Real Madrid and Barcelona giving each other the evil eye and attempted to break each others' legs/pretending as though it worked. Apparently they haven't, but over at Managing Madrid they're claiming to be rather bored of the whole deal:
So many high profile matches are stressful on the fans, the players, the coaches and everyone involved. Watching the same two teams over and over makes the Clasico just a little less special.
The rivalry itself also contributes to the dulling of these matches. You would think that it would be the opposite, as the legendary competition between the two teams is originally drew spectators. But recently, it has been the opposite. The teams, fueled by the press, now enter this match with a "must beat the other team" mentality instead of "hey let's take the field and showcase our brand of football and give our fans something to cheer about." Even us fans are affected. Take this Clasico, for example. It is the quarterfinal of the Copa del Rey, a competition usually used to give substitutes playing time, and yet a few fans are giving the match a new degree of importance. And if you ask them, it's no longer about seeing a trophy in white ribbons, but rather about not losing to Barcelona again.
While the world might be getting a little bit bored of having a super-duper important Clasico every fifteen minutes, Madrid fans have it worse, because they're the ones losing all the time. One suspects that the Blaugranes are a little less bored of Clasico than Jose Mourinho and company.