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Real Madrid walked into the Santiago Bernabeu knowing that if they beat Levante (who won the last meeting 1-0 against Madrid), they will officially be 10 points ahead of Barcelona. This lead would give them some minor room for error and also will give them much needed comfort in the league.
Barcelona lost their game the night before after a shocking 3-2 result against Osasuna and Real Madrid weren’t willing to let this opportunity pass them. With Jose Mourinho fielding Iker Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Esteban Granero, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid were ready to win this game.
Things didn’t look too bright as Cabral was able to get a shocking goal against Real Madrid after only 5 minutes. But throughout the first half, Real Madrid have shown that they will fight and won’t give up as they kept attacks coming from every possible way. Benzema scored the equalizer but was controversially ruled offside. The counted equalizer came late in the first half from a penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo.
As the second half started, Real Madrid kept on attacking as Ronaldo scored after a great cross by Gonzalo Higuain to make it 2-1 after 50 minutes. Only seven minutes later, it was Ronaldo yet again to make it 3-1 with a great shot. Levante were able to pull one back as Kone made it 3-2 after 63 minutes but Benzema’s great shot from the side of the box made it 4-2 after 66 minutes to make the game end 4-2 to the hosts.
It was a beautiful game with some great goals and great playing by both teams. Real Madrid are now 10 points ahead of their rivals and, if they do not end up winning the league, they only have themselves to blame. This lead can increase if Real Madrid beat Barcelona later in the season but that’s a talk reserved for some other time. They will need to keep up their fighting mentality because there’s still a lot of games left and we still have not officially won the league. Anything can happen…
Real Madrid Worst Player: Alvaro Arbeloa
Real Madrid Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
LA LIGA TOP 5:
1. Real Madrid – 58 Points
2. Barcelona – 48 Points
3. Valencia – 40 Points
4. Levante – 32 Points
5. Espanyol – 32 Points
Last night, the two giants of Spain (and arguably the world) met at the Santiago Bernabeu in what promised to be an exciting encounter. All the pre-match talk didn’t matter, there was nothing more of either team to do. All they can do now is go onto the pitch and win.
When looking at the past few games of the season, Real Madrid looked like they had the upper hand. Winning games with amazing scorelines, passing the ball perfectly whenever they got the chance to, and also making counter attacking look easy! But where was that last night?
Karim Benzema got Real Madrid to a great start after only 30 seconds as Victor Valdez’s pass was easily intercepted which led to the goal. The Men in White could have really not asked for a better start. And the game kept going as both teams were able to create chance after chance and Real Madrid looked like they had the upper hand overall. That is until Alexis Sanchez was able to get the equalizer in the 30th minute and Barcelona were slowly starting to play their well-known possession football.
As the first half ended 1-1, anything was expected in the second half. From the start, Barcelona were the more ‘serious’ team and kept their chances coming as Madrid missed some sitters and their passing was awful. Xavi took a shot in the 52nd minute which deflected off Marcelo to go into the goal and make it 2-1. As the game kept going, it was obvious that Barcelona were going to score a third one sooner or later and Cesc Fabregas was the man to do so as he crept pass Fabio Coentrao to score a header on the 66th minute.
3-1 to the Catalans who, to be quite honest could have scored more. Jose Mourinho had to make three changes in the second half, which didn’t make any kind of difference in the game as he took off Mesut Ozil for Kaka, Lassana Diarra for Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria for Gonzalo Higuain. This is a game to be forgotten but we still have a game-in-hand, and if we are able to win that, we’ll be first place and three points ahead of Barcelona.
In the end, Barcelona fully deserved the win and we just have to move on from here. Madrid need to keep their past form to have a chance of winning the league.
The game may be over but the Liga is still alive. Hala Madrid!
Worst Real Madrid Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best Real Madrid Player: Karim Bezema
Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t even a shadow of himself. He seemed to be very lost on the pitch and really didn’t know what he was doing. His shots were mostly off target, his passes weren’t working out, and his dribbling pretty much never worked! In my opinion, he should not have played the full 90 minutes.
This is it. The build-up to this game could not have gotten anymore exciting as the world now prepares for the biggest game in club football. The two giants of Spain will meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night for a game that promises to be even more exciting than anyone can imagine. Real Madrid VS Barcelona. El Clasico.
Ever since Josep Guardiola has taken charge at Barcelona, he has made them a team that many have called the “Best Team in history” and who can argue with that? They have won everything that they possibly can and always seem hungry for more. Guardiola has taken Barcelona to a new level that all the teams wanted to be in but just simply weren’t able to
Since Guardiola was coach, Real Madrid had problems of their own. The main problem was finding the right coach. They went through many coaches such as Fabio Capello, Bernd Schuster, and Manuel Pellegrini but nothing really seemed to work until the “Special One” arrived.
Jose Mourinho arrived to Madrid in 2010 and has shown that he’s the right person to drive Real Madrid forward. During his first season, he won the Spanish Cup after defeating Barcelona 1-0 in the final with a great header by Cristiano Ronaldo. But it wasn’t all perfect. During the first meeting with the Catalans, many Madristas had a feeling that things were going to change and that the men in White would be able to finally beat Guardiola’s men. Instead, it ended with a shocking 5-0 win for Barcelona and a very lackluster performance from Real Madrid. No one knew what to expect after that…
Real Madrid and Barcelona met 5 times during that season. Two games in the league, two games in the Champions League Quarter Finals, and one in the Copa Del Rey Final. Real Madrid were only able to win one of the games while Barcelona won two.
Real Madrid VS Barcelona (2010-2011)
LA LIGA –
Barcelona 5 (Xavi, Pedro, David Villa , Jeffren) – Real Madrid 0
Real Madrid 1 (Cristiano Ronaldo) – Barcelona 1 (Leonel Messi)
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE –
Real Madrid 0 – Barcelona 2 (Leonel Messi )
Barcelona 1 (Pedro) – Real Madrid 1 (Marcelo)
COPA DEL REY –
Real Madrid 1 (Cristiano Ronaldo) – Barcelona 0
Judging by the scores, it doesn’t look too good for Los Meregues but some positives can be taken from it all. Putting aside the 5-0 loss, which was during the first few months that Mourinho was in charge, Real Madrid were slowly catching up with Barcelona. In my opinion, the Champions League games were supposed to be for Madrid but due to some unbelievable refereeing decisions, the game ended up going to the Catalans.
When looking back at all the games played against Barcelona during that season, it is very clear that refereeing has made a difference. Was it decisive? Pepe was having a great game before getting sent off for Dani Alves’ dive. Gonzalo Higuain scored an important goal, which was somehow a foul after Ronaldo fell in Mascherano’s way. Sergio Basquets and Pedro’s diving and name-calling went unseen as Barcelona went through another successful season. If all of the above (and more) were called fairly, would Real Madrid end up winning? We cant really say for sure but it seems very likely.
After that season, Real Madrid met with Barcelona yet again in a two-legged tie before the 2011-2012 season began. It was the Spanish Supercup, which Barcelona won in the last possible minute.
-Real Madrid 2 (Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso) – Barcelona 2 (David Villa, Leonel Messi)
-Barcelona 3 (Andres Iniesta, Leonel Messi ) – Real Madrid 2 (Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema)
Now, it’s time for the two to meet again and as Real Madrid are now three points ahead (with a game in hand), who know what to expect? It’s going to be a huge game for sure with a lot of controversy and even more excitement. Will Real Madrid be 6 points ahead after the game? Or will Barcelona keep up with Madrid as much as they possibly can?
Real Madrid VS Barcelona. Saturday 9:00 PM [GMT]