Once upon a time, the El Clasico dates were perhaps the two most important dates in league football calendars, but now it appears to be a shadow of itself, with the hype around it seeming dwindling as the years have progressed.
There are a number of reasons that have led to this reduced hype and anticipation towards the matches. One of such is the change in personnel of coaches. The biggest period of the El Clasico was during the time Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were coaches of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The comic characters of these coaches and increased fueling of their alleged dislike for each other by the media, made the El Clasico a very looked forward to event.