Real Madrid want to move El Clasico due to Manchester United match

by Tom Parker

According to Spanish media outlet AS, Real Madrid are looking in to the possibility of changing the dates of a number of fixtures to avoid a tricky run of games in the next couple of weeks.

Manchester United host Real Madrid on March 5 with Madrid due to play arch-rivals Barcelona’s just three days earlier on the March 2 in a game which could allow Barcelona to extend their advantage at the top of La Liga to an unassailable amount. The gap between Spain’s biggest clubs is currently 15 points and anything but a victory would effectively end Madrid’s (faint) hopes of regaining the title.

While Mourinho has publicly admitted that the race is “over”, there is still plenty of pride at stake and a defeat for Madrid could put Mourinho under increased pressure ahead of the huge Champions League tie against United.

Moving the league fixture from Saturday the March 2 would also mean that there would be only one days rest for both Barcelona and Madrid as they are also scheduled to face each other in the Copa Del Rey on the February 27.

Should the cup fixture be moved to the February 26, that would leave just a day between the clubs respective league fixtures on 24 February. To move these fixtures back a day would certainly benefit Madrid but it would require co-operation from both Sevilla and Deportivo as well as the Spanish Football Federation.

Without a change in fixtures, Madrid would face the challenging prospect of four games in ten days. It has already been a tumultuous season for Jose Mourinho’s side with a number of fallouts with senior players. Reports in Spain have even suggested that both Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos have issued those in high places at the club an ultimatum over the future of the Portuguese manager.

Manchester United face the prospect of a much cosier group of fixtures in the run-up to the Madrid home leg with Norwich at home and a visit to West Ham sandwiched between the Champions League tie.

The re-jig of Los Blancos fixtures could give them a huge boost ahead of the second leg against United. However, it will be a complex operation with the Professional Football League, T.V broadcasters, Barcelona, Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla all theoretically needing to agree to the changes.

Madrid are often thought of as the most powerful team in Spain dating back to the Franco era in Spain and a number of pro-Madrid media outlets could put pressure on the authorities to rearrange a number of games.

Manchester United have been rejected by the FA in the past when trying to re-arrange fixtures around a UEFA Champions League match and it will be very interesting to see if Real Madrid can get it changed to suit their schedule better.

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11 comments

Bulletproof 01/29/2013 - 19:21

Utd will surely win this match no doubt abt that

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Punctuation 01/29/2013 - 17:15

The spelling of some people who post is absolutely disgracefull. THAT = dat. THEM = dm. THEY = dy. TOO = 2. Serious lack of education here.

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macca 01/29/2013 - 20:32

only one L in digraceful…..unlucky mate.

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macca 01/29/2013 - 20:33

and of course there is an s in there somewhere too……….disgraceful

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Otunuga Baggies 01/29/2013 - 12:29

Madrid is already jittery as dy are more under pressure dn man utd to win ds tie. I only hope our players will be in form during both matches&Sir Fergie gets his strategies (selection, etc) right. La liga may with Madrid domestic fixtures to give better allowance to dm but I expect a refusal from uefa or utd will get similar treatment for dr own fixtures too.
Whichever way it goes, I expect a very interesting encounter

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TheLegendof7 01/29/2013 - 08:42

This tie by no means is going to be easy, United will need to be clinical and careful all at the same time to go through. Clinical because knowing Mourinho, he will set out a team to defend rigidly and careful because they can hit United on the break if not dealt with. I can see United edging the tie at OT if we get our tactics spot on. I’m bracing myself for a battle of wits and low scoring matches rather than flair and lot of goals.

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Phil Isaac 01/29/2013 - 06:56

Just take a look at this Madrid players, they very matured and very experience. I wonder would man utd will really conquer them out of UCL. Am never convinced of man utd really knocking Madrid out of the UCL, bcos even the experience ones in man utd are still inconsistent Eg. Rooney, Nani, young, valencia. Then our defense are still a problem 2 us. Man utd players need not 2 respect real Madrid in dat UCL match, they have to believe in their selves that they are also a big club and they can win real Madrid, that’s the only way out.

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Kashere21 01/28/2013 - 22:29

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.. ” He who is afraid of doing too much always does too litlle ” is this not the madrid that calls themself a big club.? The alcohol that is insufficient for a whole town ought not to intoxicate one man. United are waiting and ready for you. GGMU.

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jon 01/28/2013 - 22:03

Just lose all games leading up to the United match,if they had pride,this wouldnt be an issue,madrid are falling apart

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cleggster 01/28/2013 - 21:04

They could bribe underground drivers to go on strike… worked for arsenal

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Dibils 01/28/2013 - 21:04

what a joke this would be, they already have an advantage in that they are not competing for the league anymore and they want even more advantage? fu***ng pathetic

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