Real Madrid were left stunned and totally embarrassed on home turf after a disappointing outing against a resurgent Barca side.
The Xavi led Catalan side put the capital based side to the sword to a massive 0-4 thrashing, signaling a big statement of intent into the former Captain’s new Barca era. Here are some of the things we learned from the match –
1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s El Clasico debut could not have gone any better.
Xavi’s decision to start Aubameyang in attack as opposed to Memphis Depay paid off big time.
Although there were talks of fatigue, especially after the Thursday thriller in Turkey against Galatasaray, the Spanish coach favoured Aubameyang to start. As the events of El Clasico showed, it was a perfect decision.
Aubameyang scored two goals and assisted another to help Barca achieve a memorable victory over their arch nemesis Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
2) Araujo pockets Vinicious Junior
In our pre-match preview, we predicted Xavi will start Ronald Araujo in right back to curtail Vini’s marooning in the flanks.
Apparently, Xavi had the same idea. Araujo has developed a frightening reputation for himself in La Liga since his debut. Apparently, noone can go pass the young Uruguayan in dead ball situations as easily.
He pocketed Vinicious Junior on the night, essentially cutting off Real Madrid’s most lethal dribbler and threat from regular proceedings on the field.
While still doing his defensive duties, Araujo also managed to get himself in the score sheet, a testament to his growing danger at opposition half whenever he ventures there.
3) Possible League Challenge to the Finish?
There are talks of a possible league challenge, a dream come back it would seem. Although possible, but it’s actualisation is not in Barca’s hand at the moment realistically since it would involve Real Madrid activating a loosing streak on their end.
This sentiments was also echoed by the club’s Captain, Sergio Busquets who said Barcelona ‘will go for’ the La Liga title.
Speaking to Barca TV, Busquets said: “Today I think everything worked out for us, I think we could have scored many more goals today. Look, we knew if we did things properly today we would win. That’s what we’ve been doing with this coach.
“We could have scored more goals. If we have the slightest chance in the league we will go for it, it is difficult but we must be prepared in case points are left. First you have to put yourself in second place, because Sevilla is there.
“In the last Clásico we played under Xavi we also had control and possession but they did much more damage to us on the counterattack and today we controlled it very well.”
With Barcelona now 3rd in the league table, they will definitely give Real A tough push to the finish.