The Champions League draw this morning paired Real Madrid against Galatasaray and Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain, meaning there’s still a realistic the Spanish pair could meet in a mouth-watering Champions League final at Wembley in May.
After the first legs of the last 16, it looked unlikely that going into the draw for the quarter-finals on Friday that both Barcelona and Real would still be in the competition.
However, after Barca's fantastic 4-0 victory over Milan and Real coming from a goal down to beat Manchester United 2-1 in the second legs, there’s now a big chance of the two sides meeting each other – either in the semis or the final.
First though, Real will have to overcome a spirited Galatasaray side while Barca will have to beat mega-rich Paris Saint Germain in order to progress to the semi final.
Interestingly, the clubs have never met in the final, having previously drawn each other twice in the semis. The last time was in 2011, when Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 first leg victory at the Bernabeu before progressing 3-1 on aggregate. This was during a four year spell of dominance by Barca - losing only once in 14 meetings.
Since then though, Jose Mourinho has turned the tide and after breaking the La Liga record for most points in a season last year with 100 points, Real are now the team unbeaten in the last five "El Clasico’s".
This season, Barcelona are running away with La Liga while Real are still on course for Copa Del Rey victory - knocking out Barcelona in the process. So with the two teams so evenly matched, what better time and stage for the two clubs to meet then at Wembley, the home of football hosting the Champions League final, the biggest game in club football - making it the ultimate "Clasico".
No doubt that the Messi versus Ronaldo debate would threaten to overshadow the event, but such an occassion added with other superstars such as Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and Ozil also on show – it could make for one of the greatest finals in Champions League history.
With the way these two teams are playing at the moment it looks like the luck of the draw may be the only thing preventing an El Clasico final.
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