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Match report: Barcelona versus Real Madrid



Real Madrid win El Clasico 1-2 at Camp Nou while Barcelona continue their disappointing streak of domestic games. Both teams played a young side that ushered in the new era of El Clasico and while it was a low-scoring game it certainly lived up to expectations.

The biggest game on the football calendar is here and both groups of players were cautious and determined at the same time during the 90s. The Real Madrid players also had to fight a psychological battle as Barcelona fans shouted at them from the parallel stands at the touchline. The new era of Clasico began today following the departure of Lionel Messi earlier this summer, but the importance of the Clasico doesn’t depend on the players but on the rich rivalry between two football giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Barcelona didn’t have a good start to the new season as they are currently 8th in the table which isn’t too bad, but their overall play wasn’t up to their high standards. They have struggled both on and off the pitch, which is why a win against Real Madrid would be perfect to raise the morale of their camp and give the fans something to be proud of. Real Madrid also made a few mistakes in defense, but they made up for it with a productive offensive performance that has already scored 22 goals this season.

Real Madrid took the opening goal in the 32nd minute thanks to a quick counterattack when El Clasico debutant David Alaba found space in front of goal from the left and a clinical finish from the edge of the box was enough to beat Ter Stegen. We saw an entertaining half of football with both teams building good chances, but the away side managed to score ahead of the mighty Catalans. Barcelona missed two easy goalscoring chances, one from Dest and Fati, but they won’t be too disappointed with their performance, considering they have 45 minutes left to draw some blood on their own.

Lucas Vazquez turned the knife by scoring the game’s 2nd goal in stoppage time when Asensio’s shot was stopped, but Lucas managed to block the distraction. Barcelona also had the opportunity to level the game but were unable to do so in the midst of a crowded Madrid penalty area. Aguero scored his first goal for Barcelona after a cross from Dest in the 96th minute of the game, but the goal was only a consolation prize for the home side.

Barcelona did comparatively well in the second half, but it still hasn’t been enough to shake Real Madrid’s dominance. They did better defensively but their attacking performance was still below par and Madrid had no trouble reading Barca’s game. Real Madrid were the better team of the two and deserved to get away with 3 points, bringing them back to the top of the league table.

A YOUNG CLASICO

With this game launch a new era of El Clasico began and if you look at how entertaining this game was, fans will be delighted for the next few seasons. The players who had the greatest impact on the game were the energetic and enthusiastic youngsters on both sides, which says a lot about the future of these clubs and this iconic game. From Barcelona, โ€‹โ€‹teenage Gavi was actively involved in catching up and the attack was led by Dest and Ansu Fati, who created countless opportunities. It was also surprising to see Eric Garcia play mature and make good decisions alongside veteran Gerard Pique in the center-back position. For Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr. was certainly the MVP of the game and Rodrygo has also given a player like Jordi Alba a run for the money on the right.

BARCELONA DEFENSIVE MISS MANAGEMENT

Barcelona looked extremely vulnerable every time Real Madrid exploded into a quick counterattack and the Catalans would have suffered an embarrassing defeat if only the Madrid players had been sharper in their degrees. Vinicius Jr. Drifted far away, taking two Barca defenders with him, leaving Benzema too much space in the box while Rodrygo also had an option. Barcelona kept a high line of defense but couldn’t fall back effectively, leaving gaping holes in their defense. Even their midfield line could have done a lot more defensively as we barely saw Sergio Busquets, Gavi and De Jon take on any tackles to stop Madrid’s momentum. Lack of communication and tactical mismanagement were the main reasons behind the Barcelona defeat tonight and it is evident that there is still a lot to be done at the training ground.

BARCELONA PREDICTABLE IN THE THIRD FINAL

Barcelona lacked the creativity and extra head start that you would normally expect from them in the final third. Barca worked the ball around Madrid’s penalty area looking for runs and opportunities. Unfortunately, Real Madrid found it relatively easy to read their opponent’s game as they defended in large numbers as a unit. When Barcelona had possession there were sometimes 8 players in front of goal making it almost impossible for Barcelona to take a shot and even if they did it wasn’t enough to beat a world class goalkeeper like Courtois. Barcelona had to be faster and more innovative in their attacking game.



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