According to AS.com, Real Madrid’s proposal to have their El Clasico against Barcelona in March moved to due to the Manchester United UEFA Champions League fixture has been rejected.
Real Madrid had wanted to get the fixture, due to be played on March 2/3, moved to Friday 1 March because of the away trip to Old Trafford on March 5 as they wanted to have an extra day’s rest.
However, the Spanish Professional Football League is believed to have re-iterated the fact that the league meeting meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona corresponds to Week 26 of La Liga and will not be moved.
It means that Real Madrid’s schedule ahead of the massive trip to Old Trafford will see them play four fixtures in ten days. They will play Deportivo on February 24 (A) followed by a double header with Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-final on February 27 (A) and League on March 2/3 (H).
In comparison, Manchester United have a smaller fixture list with the Real Madrid game sandwiched between two home fixtures against Everton in the Premier League on February 10 and Reading in the FA Cup on February 16.
It would of been shocking if Real Madrid were allowed to change fixtures that would of affected four teams in La Liga just for their own benefit, so it is good to see the Spanish PFL not bow down to them. They might have a lot of power in Spain but not enough to cater schedules to their needs.
Bring on Real Madrid.