Barcelona News: The Blaugrana pulled out of the biggest victory of their season as they won 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. With expectations riding high on Real Madrid, Los Blancos succumbed to one of their biggest defeats in recent years.
The loss means Barcelona moves third in the LaLiga table. Whereas Real Madrid’s lead at the top is cut to nine points. In this article, we will discuss 4 major talking points from the game!
Barcelona showed off their attacking prowess!
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The away side dominated the game owing to their front three of Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Ferran Torres. The trio had a part to play in all four goals that Barcelona scored.
Ousmane Dembele provided assists for the first two goals. Aubameyang scored twice and provided an assist whereas Ferran Torres had a goal and an assist as well. Barcelona had a total of 18 shots in the game owing to the prowess of their front three.
Xavi breaks a three-year jinx for Barcelona!
The last time Barcelona had beaten Real Madrid was in March 2019. Since then Los Blancos had collected a total of five victories over their rivals. Hence Carlo Ancelotti’s side walked in as the favourites in the El Clasico.
But Xavi Hernandez had devised a master plan for his Barcelona side. The Spanish tactician played his cards perfectly. His players also stepped up to the plate as the Blaugrana demolished their rivals 4-0 at their own stadium!
The win against Real Madrid extended Barcelona’s unbeaten streak in 12-games. The Blaugrana also climbed to the third spot in the LaLiga table. Hence it is safe to say that Xavi Hernandez has provided a positive atmosphere since he has returned to the club.
Real Madrid miss the services of Karim Benzema
Los Blancos lined up without Karim Benzema for the El Clasico. The French hitman had suffered a calf injury and hence was unavailable for the game. Benzema’s absence was clearly seen as Real Madrid’s frontline disappointed in the game.
Karim Benzema has scored 22 goals and has provided 11 assists in 25 LaLiga games this season. To add to this, the Real Madrid number 9 has also scored 8 goals in the Champions League this season.
Not just this, but Karim Benzema is also the captain of the Real Madrid side as Marcelo usually starts on the bench. Hence it was quite evident that Los Blancos were missing their leader for this big game!
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Carlo Ancelotti takes the blame on himself
As stated earlier, Real Madrid was the heavy favourites owing to their recent form over Barcelona. Hence an El Clasico defeat in such a manner has sent shockwaves among the fans.
Carlo Ancelotti took the blame upon himself after the game. The Los Blancos manager said that “We were unrecognizable, everything went wrong and I take the blame upon myself.” Nevertheless, with a nine-point lead Real Madrid fans would be hoping that their side would hold on to win the LaLiga title once again.