Matchday 10 will see the much anticipated first LaLiga SantanderClasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona which will kick off at 16:15 CEST on Sunday, October 24.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are having somewhat contrasting campaigns thus far, with Carlo Ancelotti's Los Blancos flying high atop the LaLiga Santander table, two points clear of city rivals and reigning champions Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Barcelona has won only two of its four LaLiga Santander matches this season, and the Blaugrana were eight points behind Real Madrid before to their encounter with Cadiz, with coach Ronald Koeman and president Joan Laporta at war.Both teams arrive at the first Clasico of the season after Champions League commitments during the week, with Real Madrid travelling to Shaktar Donetsk in Ukraine on Tuesday, October 19. Barcelona on the other hand host Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday in a must win match after their loss to Bayern Munich.
As a result, the Blaugrana will have one less day of rest compared to Real Madrid before the Clasico.- Source: Marca
Pique sends a mesage: We can all complain or we can work
After another poor result and performance from Barcelona, Gerard Pique has sent a message about the current state of the club, urging everyone to get behind the team and work to turn the situation around.
Barcelona has now gone three games without a victory in all competitions, with the Blaugrana drawing their previous two LaLiga Santander meetings after being thrashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
"The club have been riding the crest of a wave for many years," Pique told Movistar after the draw with Cadiz. We are going through a situation we aren't used to. These are turbulent years, with the change of president, and change of coaches. Together we have to do our best to provide peace of mind.
"Everyone wants to win. There are many ways to deal with it. We can all complain or we can work. The players are here to work.
"Let's not look for two sides. We are all with the president and also with the coach. We can't control the noise [around the club] and don't want to think about it."
Pique also addressed the Barcelona supporters, who have been critical of some players and their performances, with boos now regularly thrown at their own squad by the Blaugrana faithful.
"I don't wear the Barcelona shirt to finish second or third," Pique went on. "I'm here to compete for trophies.Sometimes we have to face moments like this. We feel the fans are behind us and the situation is complicated for us all.
"We've come from 12 years in the elite, now we all have to work together. We are going to compete until the end. Nobody should doubt that. We need the fans. Even if we get off to a bad start, we need them to help us."