For the first time in history, Barcelona and Real Madrid will play against each other with no fans present at the match. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, top level football is still closed to the public in Spain, which means Saturday’s Clasico will be played in front of an g.
Real Madrid have always been unwelcome visitors to Barcelona’s home stadium, with their players often whistled before and during games. This time, though, there will be silence, as El Clasico is played behind closed doors for the first time ever.
Only a select few will be allowed inside the ground on matchday. They include the players, match officials, plus a limited number of coaches, doctors, kitmen, directors, journalists and club employees.The extensive police presence that is often deployed at these types of matches will not be needed because of the lack of supporters.
There are conflicting opinions within Catalan politics over whether the Camp Nou can begin to stage matches with fans present. The Generalitat’s secretary of sport, Gerard Figueras, has opened the door for supporters to attend Barcelona’s Champions League fixture with Juventus on December 8.
However, the Generalitat’s health minister, Alba Verges, remains more cautious over whether Barcelona can allow in a reduced crowd for their Champions League games, as UEFA permit.
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid can capitalise on the lack of a home crowd when they visit the Camp Nou on Saturday. Los Blancos haven’t won on any of their last four trips to Barcelona in LaLiga Santander, with their last away win in a league Clasico coming in 2016.
They have, though, lost just one of their four league meetings at the Camp Nou since that 2-1 victory towards the backend of the 2015/16 campaign – the 5-1 defeat at the start of the 2018/19 season.