Last weekend brought the biggest game in Spanish club football so far this season with Barcelona in Madrid for the first La Liga Clásico. This meant plenty of previews to write for Sport 360, including views from both teams’ final press conferences (Barca – Madrid) and also a tactical look at where the game might be decided.
Being on the spot here in Madrid helped get me a first piece on the FOX Soccer website – which discussed whether Mourinho would sacrifice style for pragmatism in his approach. My weekly Football Ramble blog predicted that Barcelona have Messi, so Barcelona would win.
This was more or less (ahem) how the game played out and although Madrid went ahead early, Barca roared back to win 3-1. The match report went to Sport 360 right on the whistle, while I went downstairs to listen to Guardiola and Mourinho and processed what they said into a look at what Pep got very right for FOX Soccer.
There was then some follow-ups for Monday’s Sport 360 with Mourinho ruing missed chances from Cristiano Ronaldo. By Tuesday Barcelona were already in Japan to take part in the Club World Cup. So quite a busy Clasicó weekend, but pretty rewarding too.