Write an Article

El Clasico vs The Manchester Derby

f

The stage was set, people rushing into the stadium to get their seats; some returning dissapointed after seeing the “SOLD OUT” sign.

All over the world, people made one final prediction and prepared themselves a little snack as they waited for 90 of the most anticipated minutes in the La Liga calendar.

It was none other than the El Clasico!

The El Clasico, this time round, had about 10.6 million tuned in from all around the world.  However, what takes place in the following 90 minutes on a regular basis is not something that pleases the fans. No matter how strong the two forces might be, the El Clasico fails to reach out to the majority; or that’s what I think, anyway.

The El Clasico has the stage set for an array of stars waiting to mesmerise the fans. With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Benzema, Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Villa, Messi and the list goes on, but the result is often instigated by either the brilliance of Messi or the determination of Ronaldo. But often these matches are marred by controversy, which take the front pages of Sports Magazines all around the world. Is it worth all the hype and excitement?


On the other hand, the Manchester Derby is different.

In recent years, City has made massive progress, from being a mere mid-table side, to title holders. Their progress has been rapid. For years, Manchester United had dominated these derbies. Rewind to 2006 and the Manchester Derby seemed to be nothing but an easy 3 point acquisition for the red half of Manchester. But ever since the big City takeover, the balance has definitely been restored.  Unpredictable, edge-of-the-seat action, pulsating attacking football and a nervous stoppage time, that’s what the Manchester Derby offers. It doesn’t seem so long ago, when Nani collected a rather mistimed pass from Scholes and jinked a cross into the box, which was met by the excellence and genius of Wayne Rooney to send the Stretford end into a frenzy. Who can ever forget the late winner which was scored by the most unlikeliest of scorers, Michael Owen, that provoked the sacking of Mark Hughes ?

Or the humiliation of 6-1 faced by the Old Trafford faithful ? In comparison with the El Clasico of recent times, The Manchester Derby is definitely value for your money.

Even the likes of Diego Maradona have accepted that the battle for Manchester has no equals in the world of football.

In terms of TV listings and fan support, the El Clasico is the clear favourite but purely in terms of football, the Manchester Derby stands out.

Would you sit through 90 minutes of the most anticipated, yet, snappish football? Sure the Manchester Derby might not be completely clear of controversy, especially with the likes of Balotelli involved, but when the teams are on the pitch, awesome football is all you get.

At the end of the day, both matches have provided some real classics. But in my opinion, The Manchester Derby stands out.


Chelsea vs Real Madrid : Live Score and Commentary, ICC 2016 Chelsea vs Real Madrid : Live Score and Commentary, ICC 2016.
Twitter Reactions- Galatasaray vs Manchester United Twitter Reactions- Galatasaray vs Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez - Who actually deserves the Ballon d'Or this year? Will we have a new Ballon d'Or winner this time? Or will Messi and Ronaldo continue their stranglehold over the prestigious prize?
Barcelona vs Celtic : Live Score and Commentary, ICC 2016 Barcelona vs Celtic : Live Score and Commentary, ICC 2016.
Transfer news and rumours of the day: 30th July, 2016 All the transfers and rumours across Europe at one place for you.
Toulouse's Wissam Ben Yedder to join Sevilla Seville (Spain, July 30 (IANS) Sevilla announced on Saturday that it is about to sign Toulouse's French striker Wissam Ben Yedder once the footba ...
Real Madrid Transfer Rumour: Nemanja Matic and Marco Verratti emerge as Paul Pogba alternatives With Paul Pogba on the verge of joining Manchester United, the Spanish giants are set to look elsewhere.
Verrati wants to stay at PSG, despite Real Madrid's interest Paris, July 30 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verrati said that he wants to continue with the French football giants until ...
How Loris Karius' injury can get Simon Mignolet a lifeline at Liverpool Liverpool's new signing's injury will help Mignolet get a chance to cement his place.
Ibrahimovic creating "functional empathy" at Man United - Mourinho
Ronaldo's unknown quiet side revealed by Portugal teammate Andre Andre played alongside Ronaldo in Portugal's qualification campaign for Euro 2016
SK Adda: Which club has conducted the best transfer business so far? SK Adda is where we publish the best and funniest comments about the topic of the day posted on Facebook. So, on we go.
Bayern Munich CEO '100% sure' Bastian Schweinsteiger won't leave Manchester United The 31-year-old was reportedly asked to leave the club this year by new manager Jose Mourinho.
Reports: Manchester United set sights on Monaco full-back Fabinho The full-back might be the replacement for possibly outgoing Matteo Darmian
Real Madrid Transfer News: Paris Saint-Germain admit they'd like to sign Jese Rodriguez The 23-year-old has lost his place in the first team squad after the return of Alvaro Morata.
Live Transfer Blog: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe [30th July 2016] Live Transfer Blog: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe [30th July 2016].
Saul says Atletico squad always hopes to better performance
Indian football team likely to play friendlies against Bhutan and Puerto Rico India will be hoping to perform well in the qualifiers and qualify for the, 2019 Asian Cup.
Manchester United fan gets his adidas kit signed by Paul Pogba The 23-year-old's transfer to United edges ever closer
Pep Guardiola says he "loves" Franck Ribery after the Frenchman's jibe against him The duo spent three season together at Munich.
10 things you can buy with £100 million instead of Paul Pogba Looking at what you could buy with 100 million instead of spending it all on a single footballer.
Mourinho and De Gea praise Zlatan Ibrahimovic's impact at Manchester United Zlatan's first training session has already won him the admiration of the Red Devils' squad
5 players you might not know were managed by Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola This list consists of some of the big-name players Raiola has been managing.
Gameiro joins Atletico Madrid on four-year deal
More →
Related articles