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Because of Barcelona, El Clasico has gone down – Ozil

Mesut Ozil, former Real Madrid star, believes Barcelona’s recent struggles have impacted the intensity of El Clasico. 

In an interview with Marca before the upcoming La Liga clash, Ozil acknowledged the historic significance of the rivalry. He highlighted the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona era, contrasting it with the current state of the team. 

Ozil suggests that the global spotlight has shifted towards other high-profile matchups, potentially due to Barcelona’s decline. He expresses his disappointment at the diminished appeal of El Clasico.

While acknowledging Real Madrid’s continued strength, Ozil places the responsibility for the rivalry’s decline on Barcelona. He suggests the team hasn’t reached its full potential and highlights their injury woes. 

Ozil concludes by urging Barcelona to focus on self-improvement and avoid blaming referees for their shortcomings.