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Real Madrid must keep discipline to beat Barcelona in Clasico

Posted on February 26, 2013 by admin

Jose Mourinho and the Real Madrid players know how important it is to win tonight. A scoreless draw or a victory against Barcelona in the Camp Nou will put Madrid in the final of the Copa Del Rey, and the Spanish cup may be the best chance of winning something this season. If you fancy a bet on the game then check out The Sports Geek soccer page to find out the best odds.

The team will undoubtedly be fired up for the game, but they must be careful not to pick up any needless cautions. Madrid have got a terrible recent disciplinary record, with eight red cards in the last 13 games. In just 25 La Liga games, we have seen over 60 yellow cards, and the Barcelona public relations machine has been working to ensure that the referee is watching closely.

A sending off tonight would give way too much advantage to the passing game of Barcelona, and we don’t want to be chasing around all night. An early yellow card for one of the back four could compromise their ability to make a tackle when they really need to, so some calmness and control is needed.

Having said that, the atmosphere will be electric and the players will struggle to stay calm. Mourinho needs to make sure the excitement is channeled into playing football, and taking advantage of Barcelona’s recent dip in form. The first goal could be absolutely vital, as we have seen Barcelona struggle to break teams down when they are well organised and keep their shape.

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