Barcelona FC vs Real Madrid is one of the biggest clashes in the football world. It is marvellous to watch because as a football lover, you tune in to the best of Spain and you are bound to see goals galore, drama, jubilation and sadness all in the 90 minutes of play. This past weekend’s El Clasico had a different air as two massive superstars were not on the line-up. For the first time since 2009, there was no Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo in the midst of the action. Messi picked-up an arm injury during a game against Sevilla and Ronaldo left Madrid in the summer transfer window to sign with Juventus FC. For many it was an entertaining affair, even without the two Ballon d’Or recipients. Barcelona emerged victorious thrashing Madrid 5-1. The body language of the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, made it clear that hero’s and villains were produced after the 90-minute whistle. Sadly, for Madrid the villain was their coach.
This season is marked as being Real Madrid’s worst start to a season in 17 years, after their El Clasico humiliation Real Madrid sacked their coach Julen Lopetegui after just 14 matches in charge, Madrid suffered three consecutive La-Liga defeats for the first time since the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Take to court that Lopetehui abandon Spain during the World Cup for the Madrid job only to be sacked two months into the job. Since 1929, the only Real Madrid manager to manage fewer games in all competitions than Julen Lopetegui’s 14 was Jose Antonio Camacho in 2004 with 6 he also got sacked.
Immediately after issuing a statement Real Madrid named an interim coach for the club Santiago Solari, Solari has an uphill to climb with the club struggling for form without goals of Christiano Ronaldo.
One of the acclaimed heroes on the day scored Barcelona’s first El Clasico hat-trick since 1994 and it was not from Messi but Luis Suarez, who was overall exciting to watch, he really stepped up in the absence of Messi. Barcelona players were also on the scoring sheet are Coutinho and supersub Arturo Vidal, credit must be given to the coach Valverde for his spot on tactics and making the right changes during the match to deliver a top collective performance. Barcelona are now at the top of the log with 21 points and Madrid find themselves out of the top 8 at number 9 with 14 points.