The always thrilling Spanish Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona is around the corner. Two of the strongest teams in the world will clash next Saturday, April 10, in Round 30 of La Liga 2020-2021. Any time these two face each other there are high expectations, as it's arguably the most famous rivalry in soccer.
This clash will be even more interesting as both lifelong rivals are taking part in a tough battle for the first spot of the standings, which Atlético de Madrid are still holding. However, the Merengues and the Cules are chasing the Colchoneros closely, aiming to take that desired position away from them.
Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, this crucial game won't be played at a full-packed stadium as it would in normal times. However, it won't even be taking place at the iconic Santiago Bernabéu, the historic home of Real Madrid. Instead, the game will be held at the modest Alfredo Di Stefano. Why? Let's break it down here.
The reason why the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium will host El Clasico
Real Madrid have been playing their home games at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium ever since soccer activity returned after the pandemic outbreak. The reason why they aren't playing at the Santiago Bernabeu is that they are making upgrades there.
As fans couldn't go to watch their teams at the stadiums since the Covid break out, the Merengues have decided to make renovations in their home ground while supporters aren't allowed to attend games. For that reason, from the first game they played after the lockdown, the Alfredo Di Stefano has been their home venue. Even their UEFA Champions League duels have been contested there. And the Clasico will do it soon.
Even though it was shocking - and it still is - to see a giant like Real Madrid performing at a small stadium, the club decided that it was a good opportunity to upgrade the Bernabeu at least until their supporters can return to their seats. The Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, named after the soccer legend, was inaugurated in 2006 to host Los Blancos' B team, Real Madrid Castilla, which competes in the third tier of Spanish soccer.