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Belletti: El Clasico will have an ‘incredible’ impact

Sat 23 October 2021 | 8:54

The Brazilian full-back talked about his memories of featuring for the Blaugrana in El Clasico, before the clash against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Juliano Belletti

thinks

Barcelona

and

Real Madrid

’s El Clasico on Sunday can be a memorable one so he remembered being part of the team that swept aside the 'Galacticos'.

Belletti played for the Catalans from 2004 to 2007, contributing to two La Liga titles and netting the winner in the 2006 Champions League battle against Arsenal.

He made four appearances against Real Madrid for Barca, winning one of them, losing the other and drawing two.

The assistant manager at Brazilian club Cruzeiro talked about El Clasico and his memories.

"

Most of the best players in the world are [at Barcelona and Real Madrid],"

Belletti told

Stats Perform

"So, just being involved is already special. Barca and [Real] Madrid have fans all over the world. We are aware of it as football players. And when we are not involved in El Clasico, whether we are from the football world or not, we are watching this game.

"There is top quality football, there is big rivalry. There is so much history and it is something global. It is not only about LaLiga. That's why I believe the impact of the result of this game, winning or losing, is incredible. That's all what makes this Clasico special.

"My first Barca v Madrid was at Camp Nou in 2004. We faced 'Los Galacticos' of Real Madrid. It was very special for me to be there at that time.

"Besides, we won that game 3-0. It was even more special as my first time playing against 'Los Galacticos' and winning the game. And even nowadays my family remembers that day."

During that November 2004 match, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian striker Ronaldo were playing for Los Blancos, with Samuel Eto'o, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ronaldinho meeting the target for Barcelona.

"

This sport is very competitive,"

Belletti said. 

"Reaching Barca or Real [Madrid] is a very high level, so demanding, a very hard-working culture. So, being there, you think: 'Oh my god, I did well. Now it is time to enjoy it.'"

Barcelona have been enduring a crisis lately, having failed to grab the title in the last two matches and not winning the Champions League since 2015.

Not to mention the financial difficulties that prevented them from registering Lionel Messi and he joined Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.

However, Barcelona won their last two matches, vanquishing Valencia 3-1 and Dynamo Kiev 1-0.


source: SportMob

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