Read of the Day: Thesis 2-0 Antithesis

Saturday’s Real-Barça clásico wasn’t just a contest between the two best clubs in football – it was an (anti-)Hegelian clash of narratives, each defining itself in opposition to the other, but also reifying the other in a fecund, arm’s-length embrace. “The truth is that we’re lucky to have both sides of this rivalry, if for no other reason than that the extreme contrast between them tells us more about each side than we could tell from that side alone. The more they lock in on each other, the more they explain themselves.” (Brian Phillips/The Run of Play)

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