Never before in Pep Guardiola's glorious reign have Barcelona gone into a match six
points behind Real Madrid.
A year to the day since Barca demolished Madrid 5-0 in arguably the finest team
performance seen in football, the Catalans took to the field at home to another
Madrid-based side, the promoted upstarts with the three-sided stadium from the
other side of the tracks in Vallecas. The side whose hardcore are among the
most passionate fans in Spain, but fewer than 100 made the 1,200-kilometre round
trip. It didn't help that the date of the game had been switched three times.
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