We cannot wait for this one! Matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona are some of the biggest occasions in world football, with El Clasico clashes reaching a bigger world audience all the time. We have been spoiled with some fantastic games in recent years, and we hope that will be the case again over the next couple of weeks.
The two sides are set to meet twice in the next 10 days. The first of those games takes place next Wednesday, when the Bernabeu will host the second leg of their Copa Del Rey tie. The tie is finely balanced going into the game, with the teams level at 1-1.
Three days later the two will clash in La Liga, once again in the Spanish capital. As if we didn't have reason enough to look forward to that one, it has been announced that Jose Mourinho will feature as a pundit on beIN SPORTS for the game.
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Mourinho is of course a former Real Madrid manager, winning a La Liga and Copa Del Rey title during a three-year spell in charge. He left the club in 2013, and in very un-Mourinho-like fashion, it was actually done on reasonable terms.
He developed a fierce rivalry with Barcelona during his time in Madrid, being involved in a number of unsavoury incidents with their players and members of staff. He famously poked his finger into the eye of then Barcelona assistant coach Tito Villanova during a sideline scrap in 2011.
While the Portuguese manager will be able to give some insights into the workings of Real Madrid, he should be able to do the same for Barcelona. It is often forgotten that he had an almost four-year spell as a coach at the Catalan club, although he has since burned any bridges he had in that part of the world.
This is not the first time Mourinho will be in the beIN SPORTS studio. He acted as a pundit for two games last month, including the Premier League clash of Arsenal and Chelsea. He actually was quite entertaining, recalling tales such as this one about the infamous laundry basket incident during his time at Chelsea.
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He is sure to have plenty to say about both clubs once again on this occasion, and it will no doubt make for must see television.