Just in case you live on the planet Zog, and are currently on a three year tour of the outback and beyond, this Monday is the biggest “derby” game between Barcelona and Real Madrid in years. The two teams are re-writing the record books this season, beating even their highest standards, and the battle between the two best players in the World Messi and Cristian Ronaldo for the first man ever to score 100 goals in a season is reaching epic proportions (what, you have heard of that on the planet Zog as well, it doesn’t surprise me!). But above all of that looms the figure of José Mourinho!
Mourinho is one of the few people who have been on both sides of the fence, as he was at the Nou Camp many years ago as assistant to Sir Bobby Robson. But since then he has been a thorn in their side, coming to Barcelona with Chelsea and Inter Milan and knocking them out of the Champions League both times. Now he is back with the dreaded enemy, and there hasn’t been a build up in Barcelona like it since Figo grew horns and a tail and left paradise to join the “dark side” (well the white side actually!).
Love him or hate him though, Mourinho has already turned things round at Madrid, building a team who are brimming with confidence. He has already set the record for the best start by a new manager, but at the same time he got himself sent off in the cup for insulting the referee, and almost came to blows with Sporting coach Manolo Preciado after an interchange of insults.
The game has been switched to Monday night of course as the local Catalan elections are taking place on Sunday (watch out by the way for Barça’s ex-president Joan Laporta, who is standing for his own Catalan independence party with a porno actress on his team!), and the local police say they don’t have the resources to look after the polls, and act as Mourinho’s bodyguard. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a memorable night. We just hope nobody gets killed!