Intense days are approaching. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will face each other a total of three times in 25 days in the next month, promising to stir very strong emotions.
The first of the trio of Clásicos will arrive almost immediately. Next Wednesday, February 6 (9.00pm CET), the first leg of the Cup semifinals will take place at Camp Nou. This will be the second Clásico of the season at Barça's home, after the 5-1 achieved in a League match in which Lionel Messi didn't participate.
After that match we have to wait exactly three weeks -21 days - to enjoy another Clásico. Then, however, it will arrive in the form of a double header. In a 96-hour window, the return leg of the Cup semis (Wednesday 27 February, no confirmed time) and the League duel (Saturday March 2, 8.45pm CET) will be played.
It will be a historic event: for the first time in the history of FC Barcelona the team will play two consecutive games in the stadium of their eternal rival. In recent years, they've played against each other more than usual but the fixtures had always been in alternate cities, never consecutively in the Santiago Bernabéu as will happen this time.
The Clásicos, however, will be only part of an intense month in February. It starts this Saturday with the visit of Valencia (Saturday 2, 6.30pm CET), another of the Copa semifinalists. Then comes the first of the Clásicos and a demanding visit to San Mamés (Sunday 10, 8.45pm CET).
Once the game in Bilbao has been played, there will be six days without a match for Barca. It will be time to recover strength in the face of a very tough couple of weeks: Barça-Valladolid (Saturday 16, 8.45pm CET), Olympique Lyon-Barça (Tuesday 19, 9.00pm CET), Sevilla-Barça (no date or time confirmed) and the two consecutive Clásicos in the Santiago Bernabéu already mentioned.