The El Clasico never really failed to amaze us and yesterday’s mouth watering clash between the two Spanish giants was also not an exception. Defending champions Barcelona took the upper hand by hammering past their rivals with a crushing 5-1 victory. Meanwhile Real Madrid have many problems to resolve now, Lopetegui’s future is more than uncertain to sure after the humiliating defeat against the arch rivals. Let’s take a look at five important talking points from one from the biggest matches of world football.
1. Deadly Suarez in front of goal :
When you have one of the best strikers in the world in your squad you are destined to score goals. Suarez’s goal scoring record against Los Blancos continued as he scored a brilliant hat trick to secure the much important victory for the home side. From the very beginning of the match Suarez targeted Real Madrid central defenders with all his experience and never really gave them an opportunity to have their grasp. He could have scored even more only to be denied by both cross bar and Real Madrid Goal Keeper Courtois. In the absence of Leo Messi, the Uruguayan emerged large on the big stage.
2. Complete dominance in both attack and Midfield from Barça :
From the very beginning Barcelona’s midfield never really gave Lopetegui’s men any chance to breathe. With proper control in midfield through the likes of Rakitic, new comer Arthur and experienced Busquets Barcelona completely controlled the tempo in midfield giving the likes of Kroos or Modrić to press back which they are not accustomed with so much. Suarez and Coutinho got all the support from midfield. With the ball under possession for long periods of time Barcelona defense never really had to face much worries besides the first fifteen minutes in second half where Marcelo pulled one goal for the away side. Probably the only consolation they received from this match.
3. Valverde’s tactical master class to shape his team without Messi:
Even after the domestic double in his first season with the Catalan giants, Valverde’s tactics were massively criticized. Critics mainly pointed out for so much dependence on Messi. But after the Argentine’s injury against Sevilla, Valverde had the toughest job to get past the hurdle of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid but he proved them wrong by passing in both tests with top grades. Barcelona operated as a team together in the whole match. Fighting for every ball, fighting for every single space out there, which clearly reflected in the scoreline.
When Madrid came back into the match with Marcelo’s goal and then creating pressure in the heart of Barcelona defense Valverde came up with his substitutions to turn the match. By bringing in Semedo and shifting Roberto upfront Valverde showed his instincts which reflected as Roberto gave the assist to Suarez. Then with the addition of Dembele who gave them the additional speed in the left hand side as he dribbled past tired Nacho to give a brilliant assist and not to mention bringing in Vidal who eventually scored the last goal of the match and also his first goal in Barcelona shirt. In short Valverde showed that his team can move forward even without the help from world’s best player.
4. Lopetegui still struggling to find the right style:
Real Madrid manager was heavily criticized for the playing style he tried to inject into the team. Madrid players for most of the time looked without a single clue on how to even attack properly in the first half. Despite the good outing in the beginning of second half they struggled to cope with all the quality of Barcelona’s attack. It will not be a big surprise if Perez decides to part ways with the Spaniard soon.
5. No proper goal scorer for Real Madrid :
After the departure of Ronaldo, Real Madrid kept their faith in forwards like Bale and Benzema but unfortunately things turned out to be pretty bad for Galacticos. They clearly lacked the power in front of goal which Barcelona had in the form of Suarez. Benzema missed clear opportunities, Bale not really convincing in the whole match and Barcelona defense had very little to deal with in the whole match. They lacked the mentality and fighting spirit. Only Marcelo showed his class by trying to rescue something but unfortunately his efforts were never really good enough.