Messi, unlike Barca, is in form, while CR7 and Real are rolling along. Nine months and one day after beating a Barcelona side that looked like it would be the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles, Real Madrid returns to Catalonia’s church of football on Saturday. The El Clasico on April 2 – a 2-1 Real victory – ended an historic run of 39 matches unbeaten for Barcelona and set into motion a series of events that denied Barca the possibility of a double-treble.
NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE CUP FINALS TODAY, SUNDAY AT AVAYA Since opening in 2015, Avaya Stadium has quickly become a fan favorite and the best venue for live soccer in the Bay Area. Levi’s may host some big matches based on its significantly larger capacity, but Avaya is a better place to watch the beautiful game. Home to the San Jose Earthquakes these past two seasons, Avaya has hosted international matches featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team, numerous Mexican Liga MX clubs, Manchester United FC, and more recently the 2016 MLS All-Star Match featuring Arsenal FC. This week, Avaya adds another jewel to its crown as host of the NCAA Women’s College Cup Semifinals today, and the Final on Sunday.
Many called it the greatest midfield in history. The trio of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets took Barcelona to new heights under Pep Guardiola between 2008 and 2012. Iniesta and Busquets are still at Camp Nou, of course, but Barcelona's style of play has changed in recent years - even before Xavi left the club to move to Qatar at the end of the 2014-15 season.