Showing posts with label ElClassico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ElClassico. Show all posts

Nov 22, 2015

  • FC Barcelona produced a sensational display at the Bernabeu tearing apart Real Madrid.
  • Luis Enrique, Neymar and Iniesta scored all the goals for Barcelona..
The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle. Richard Dawkins

Barcelona Futbol Club produced something spectacular last night to destroy Real Madrid at their home Santiago Bernabeu. The scoreline 4-0 never gave an accurate picture of the gulf between two sides on the night. Had all the easy chances been taken, we could have seen a scoreine of 8-2 or something. That how superior Barca was on the night. On a night when Barca's midfield were in total control, two goals from Luis Saurez and each one from Neymar and Iniesta completed the scoreline. Real Madrid produced a late surge after going down 3-0 but Barca's keeper Bravo was in spectacular form denying every chance of Real Madrid. Barca's "Man of the Match" without any doubt was Andres Iniesta, who was given a rare ovation by a lot of Real Madrid faithfuls; something which was never expected taking in to account the bad vibes between the two sides in recent meetings.

Nov 19, 2015

  • FC Barcelona goes into the Away La Liga Clasico with a three point lead on top of the table.
  • Lionel Messi's availability is the most discussed topic building into this Clasico. Which is no Surprise!!!

Neymar and Saurez should be really angry! Or at least they have the right to be. In the absence of the "Best Player in the World", they have created a remarkable turn around in spectacular fashion. When we lost Messi to injury, we were still in top three, but that was due to others slipping. Without Messi Neymar and Saurez have taken the lead scoring spectacular goals; or better put they themselves have emerged partly out of Messi's shadows; I would say. So coming in to the Clasico; it should have been how the duo of Neymar and Saurez is going to take Real Madrid apart. Instead we are back to where we all start at the beginning of every Clasico - Messi's effect on the game. So almost all the discussion has been about whether Messi will be available to take on the arch-rival at the Santiago Bernebeu. The availability of Lionel Messi would swing the match in Barca's favour based on the latest football betting tips.

Mar 23, 2015

Saurez couldn't have chosen a more appropriate moment to justify the huge 80 Million price tag which brought him to FC Barcelona. If he was capable of something like this, this was the perfect moment to showcase; and showcase he did. The strike not only gave the vital lead in a tightly balanced game, where at time Barca were fighting for survival; it turned the table also. If Barca were struggling for survival before that strike then after it Real Madrid we trying desperately not to get over run by. Now with a vital 3 points that too in this late stage we move to four point lead on top with just ten matches left. Even though Real Madrid have the advantage in terms of being ahead in the head to head account in terms of goal; the four point advantage will make them more desperate and may give us a bit more cushion. The way this match turned on its head against them may even take the lives out of their season, especially being set to meet Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League in coming month. To summarize the match, we went ahead against the run of play in the first half with a brilliant Mathieu header from a Messi free kick; yes you heard it right from a free kick. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid equalize after some great skill by Benzema and even greater sloppiness from our defense. Then came the most decisive moment in the match in the second half, courtesy of Luis Saurez.

Mar 21, 2015

Barcelona Futbol Club, will definitely go in to tomorrow night's Clasico clash with Real Madrid with a definitive advantage. With a point lead at the top of the La Liga table, Barcelona doesn't have to chase this game where as Real Madrid would definitely love to go on top of the table following this match. With only ten matches left after this one in the League both team may have not much leverage left after this. Looking at the remaining fixture both teams have their share of tough matches after it. So any one emerging as a winner in this match will definitely be on the front foot to regain the La Liga title. The first Clasico was a big disappointment for Barca fans and team with the team being taken apart by the Los Blancos. But after the Winter break, the form of both the teams have changed drastically. Barca inspired by Messi is in a roll where as Real Madrid like his talisman Ronaldo is struggling a bit.

Mar 24, 2014

Lionel Messi celebrating against Real Madrid

Lionel Messi made all the difference between Real Madrid and Barca in one of the most sensational Clasico we have seen in recent times, to cut Barca's deficit in the top by one point. In a match which swung like a pendulum between each team, Lionel Messi scored three, two from the spot and created the opener. It was classic Clasico, which had goals from Messi and Ronaldo, a Sergio Ramos red card, a controversial penalty awarded for Real Madrid; some Real Madrid fans could argue there was one awarded for us also; it had it all. Even with this victory we still lie at third position, but the difference between the top and us is just one point, and that's crucial. Martino went with the same line-up which featured in the second leg of the Manchester City tie for this all crucial match. Alves, Pique, Mascherano and Alba made up the back four in front of Valdes. Cesc, Busquets and Xavi formed the midfield trio. The front three had Iniesta on the left, Neymar on the right and Messi in the centre. Pinto, Bartra, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Alexis all started from the bench. The Real Madrid side started as I predicted in the preview - Lopez, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo.

Oct 26, 2013

FC Barcelona Player's celebrating Neymar's goal against Real Madrid

Neymar got first first taste of "El Clasico" tonight and is still licking his lips with treat served by him. Everyone expected him to be overawed by the atmosphere that only a clash between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, but someone forgot to tell him all that. Neymar's first clasico was the best match he has played in a Barca shirt so far. He scored on and created the other to round off a brilliant individual night. Martino went with the best eleven available to him. The first eleven had Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc, Messi and Neymar. The bench featured Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Song, Pedro, Alexis and Sergi Roberto. Real Madrid went with more or less expected line-up - Lopez, Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Ramos, Modric, Khedira, Bale, Ronaldo, and Di Maria. Ramos was deployed as a midfield enforcer.

Aug 24, 2012


  • FC Barcelona wins the First Clasico of the season.
  • Pedro, Messi and Xavi scored for Barca in a five goal thriller. .


FC Barcelona will be taking a narrow 3-2 lead into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup El Clasico, which will be held at the Santiago Bernebeu. It should have been ideally a two goal cushion with a scoreline of 3-1 but a combination of Referee and a little bit of stupidity by Valdes resulted in us giving away teh second goal. That second away goal do put us in a rather precarious position. After a goal less first hal the match came into life with a five goal second half thriller. As expected Tito Vilanova chose the strongest possible line-up for his first Clasico in charge. Valdes was on the goal, Alves, Pique, Mascherano and Adriano made the defense. The midfield had the usual Xavi, Busquets and Iniesta. Pedro, Sanchez and Messi made the front three. Real Madrid lined up with Casillas, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao, Alonso, Khedira, Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo and Benzema.

Dec 11, 2011

FC Barcelona got the league back on track with a thrilling 1-3 comeback win at Santiago Bernebeu. The match started with a disaster as far as Barca were concerened. We went a goal down in the very first minute following a horrendous mistake by Valdes. But this match was about whether Barca's grit and they dig deep and produced a brilliant comeback. Sanchez equalised in the 30th minute and Xavi and Fabregas scored in the second half to conquer the stadium of Santiago Bernebeu. This is Real Madrid's first defeat at home and also this looks like their first defeat after going 1-0 up.

This clash had a huge importance as it set the phsycology for the rest of the clashes this season. Many of the pundits would like this victory. Many were arguing that Mourinho's second season is really when he push things up opponent's throat. But this one didn't go according to the script for him. One of the most disappointed football writer would be Sid Lowe from Guardian who predicted a Real Madrid win. He did last season also. So he is officially our lucky charm. Putting to rest all confusion regarding the formation and line-up, Guardiola decided to go with a 4-3-3 formation. David Villa was ommitted from the starting line-up again and Cesc took his position. We had Valdes on the goal; Alves, Pique, Puyol and Abidal formed the defender. The midfield had the Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets. The front trio had Cesc, Messi and Sanchez, with Cesc playing teh false 9 role. Meanwhile Real Madrid went with a 4-3-3 formation, with Casillas, Coentrao, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Diarra, Ozil, Maria, Benzema and Ronaldo.

Dec 10, 2011

Less than 24 hours is left for the start of the first edition of this season's "El Clasico" encounter in the La Liga. Usually this would have been the first meeting between the two giants of not only Spanish football, but World Football. But this year they have already met twice in the two legged Super Copa clash and Barca had emerged deserving winners at the time. Since Guardiola took over as manager, the first Clasico has always been played at Camp Nou. That gave Barca the edge to get to the front foot early on. This time FC Barcelona will be visiting Santiago Bernebeu for the first edition. The last time this has happened was in the 2006-07 season, when Barca went down 2-0 and eventually lost the League. But don't worry a year ago Ronaldinho inspired Barcelona mesmerised the Bernebeu crowd with a 3-0 victory and eventually won the League and the Champiosn league. This is Guardiola's third fourth visit to Santiago Bernebeu as a coach and he hasn't tasted defeat in any of those visits. Of all the visits this one could be extra tricky with Real Madrid leading us by three points with a game in hand. So this eventually become a must win match for FC Barcelona. From a fans perspective, Barca fans are a bit confused about how we will approach this clash. There is no doubt that we will be going for the kill, but the confusion is about the formation and the line-up. I will come to that a bit later. First we will start with our opponents.

Apr 17, 2011

FC Barcelona failed to muster three points against ten men Real madrid

FC Barcelona maintained their eight points lead at the top of table with a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernebeu. Messi never had scored against Mourinho and Ronaldo niether against Barca coming into this match. In the end both of broken that dubious record were broken courtesy of penalties on either end. Mourinho will claim moral victory as he managed to draw with Barca with ten man. So this result put Wednesday's final a huge affair.Guardiola started with Puyol who just came back from injury. He partnered Pique, Alves and Adriano in the defense. The midfield had Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets, Messi, Pedro and Villa made the attacking trio. Mourinho went with a tighter defense with Pep playing a deep lying midfielder role. We believe that he will employ this tactic, but never expected him to do this in the League match. They had Ramos, Albiol, Carvalho and Marcelo in defense. Pepe played the deep lying midfielder role. Khedira and Alonso played the usual double pivot role in midfield. Mari, Benzema and Ronaldo made the attacking trio. Without Ozil, this was a very defensive set up and Mourinho was looking to break Guardiola's winning streak with such a line-up.

Dec 1, 2010

FC Barcelona Produced a Matser Class to thrash Real Madrid

"The worst thing isn't losing, the worst thing is not having a clue what's going on" wrote the pro Madrid AS's Tomas Roncero after seeing the wonderful display put upon by the great Barca side. In a nutshell that explained the entire match. This Real Madrid side had no idea of what struck them for most of the match. The world has once again awed by the great performance put up by FC Barcelona last night, already there are statements which declare this team as one of the Greatest in the history of the game. This is not the first time this has happened. After we have won at Rome, we had same reaction and so was after our performance against Arsenal. But the stunning fact is that they simply forget this fact. To the build up of this match we were told that Mourinho under Real Madrid is going to cause Barca huge trouble and most probably will make them taste the first Clasico defeat in two years. Everyone of them predicted a Madrid victory yesterday, like they did in Rome. Atleast they had some logic behind predicting a Manchester United triumph at Rome, but the expectation of a Madrid win at Camp Nou was too much.

Nov 30, 2010

FC Barcelona Humiliates Real Madrid with a Towering Display

Cristiano Ronaldo has to be the most disappointed man in the world tonight - he asked for eight, we could only gave only five. They say Real Madrid has the best defensive record in La Liga, boy oh boy they should have waited till this match. The English media somehow and my commentators predicted a comfortable Real Madrin win at Camp Nou, you heard that at Camp Nou. They have no idea of what we really are. Mourinho did get us out in Champions League last seasonbut they discounted teh fact that overall last season we had a 2-1 record against Mourinho - English arrogance at its best. Real Madrid learned in a bad way that with 250+ million worth of players and a manager who cost almost like another player, they are no match to this Barca side. They say Mourinho is the best, Pellegrini didn't had such a rout last season, a point for thought. On a night when Barca controlled the most hyped side of the world, Villa twice, Xavi, Pedro and Jeffren all scored for Barca. Barca is right now moved to the top of the league, and this is Pep Guardiola 's fifth consecutive victory against the team in white and bloody hell has 100% record against Real Madrid.As expected we roled out with a defense line-up of Alves, Pique, Puyol and Abidal. The midfield had Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. The attack had the usual trio formation of Messi, Villa and Pedro. HIguain picked up a late injury and Benzema started for Real Madrid.

Nov 23, 2010

El Clasico Day, It's the biggest day in European Footballing Calendar

Ok, FC Barcelona have to deal with Pananthanaikos before even thinking about next Monday's clash against their eternal rivals. The inability to seal the Champions Laegue qualification by now could come to hurt us still. Anyone can pick an injury in that match, where you cannot blame the players if they are a bit unfocussed. Real Madrid, who has already secured their place in next round can afford to stay focussed for the big clash on Monday. That was precisely why I went mad when Milan conceded their lead in the dying minutes at San Siro. How we will line up in Greece is still not sure, but I believe we will still have a quite strong line-up on the pitch. Guardiola don't want a scenario where we have to go to Russia and secure the qualification. In that sense, Clasico happening in Monday is not a bad thing as we will get atleast one extra day to recover.

Apr 11, 2010

Barca Players celebrating victory against Real Madrid

Barca Secures Yet Another Victory over Real Madrid

FC Barcelona returned with a win from Camp Nou for the second time in a row. Last season we saw the 6-2 humilation of Madrid, but this time it was far from a humiliation but still a solid performance. Some quarters of media will potray it still as a humiliation as FC Barcelona never had to play at their best to beat this team in white, who were assembled at a cost of more that 250 million. Lionel Messi fired FC Barcelona into the lead in the 33rd minute and the new kid on the block Pedro Rodriguez scored the second to complete the scoreline. With this win Barca not only broke Real Madrid's cent percent home record but also leaped past them in the League table by three points. With seven more games to be played, there is all still left in the league to play, but no one can deny that Barca has serious momentum on their side. Guardiola employed a 4-1-2-3 formation. But the personals used in the formation surprised many. The defense had Puyol playing the right back role, Milito and Pique playing thye centre back role and Maxwell playing the left back. Busquest remained above the defense in the defensive midfielder role. Xavi and Keita formed the lower midfield behind the trio of Alves, Messi and Pedro. This was the first time we saw Alves being used as a pure attacking option.

Nov 30, 2009

FC Barcelona won the first edition of this season's Clasico with a solitary strike from Zlatan Ibrahmovic. Zlatan scored in the 56th minute after being introduced five minutes before in the place of Thierry Henry. After the sensational display at Bernebeu last year, people might have been disappointed by Barca's display tonight. This wasn't a typical Barcelona performance and it shows that the team has not yet hit the top gear. The most important thing from tonight's match is that we have regained the lead from Real Madrid and now has a two point advantage at the top. Guardiola lined up Alves, Pique, Puyol and Abidal in the defense. The midfield had Busquets playing along with Xavi and Keita. Iniesta, Henry and Messi formed the attacking trio. Ibra surprisingly started from the bench; maybe Guardiola thought it was risky to start both Messi and Zlatan after coming of injury.

Nov 27, 2009

The "El Classico " is almost upon us and football lovers around all over the world will be making sure that they don't miss this one. On Sunday, November 29 the world of football will be brought to a standstill as the gods of football clash at the Camp Nou. The Real Madrid - Barca rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in the world of football. No footballing rivalries might have so much political influence like the El Classico. May be the Inida - Pakistan clashes are the only one which is similiar to the Barca - Real clash. It has always been considered as the clash of two political ideologies, rather than footballing ideologies. Definitely Real Madrid vs Barcelona clash is a clash of two footballing philosophies, but the political reasons have always dominated these clashes. For Barca supporters it has been always a clash between the oppressor and the oppressed. The closeness of Real Madrid to the centre of power has resulted in Real Madrid being branded as the club of the dictator, Franco. Even though Real Madrid supporters and management has also suffered at the hand of Franco, this notion still remains across the world. In that sense FC Barcelona supporters always believe that a clash against Real Madrid is against the ideals of Franco. Many may not agree with me, but I have seen in many discussion groups - sentiments of the same. It was during the reign of Franco, FC Barcelona truly became "More Than a Club"(as their moto say). FC Barcelona matches was the place where the progressive thinking Spanish nationals gathered to voice their protest. Catalunya was the birth place of all the modern thinking in Spain and subsequently became the centre place of protest against the cruelty of Franco.

May 3, 2009

In one of the most sensational displays away from home, FC Barcelona humiliated Real Madrid by scoring half a dozen goal against the. With the 2-6 victory FC Barcelona has extracted some revenge for the humiliation at the same ground last season. In a match billed to be the "Title Decider" this season, Barca showed their technical superiority to emerge comfortable winners. Madrid went into the lead early on with a Higuain header but goals from Henry, Puyol and Messi put Barca firmly in control by half time. After half time Madrid pulled one back through Ramos but Henry, Messi and Pique got barca to half a dozen for the match. There were doubts raised about Henry about his fitness, but he put all those to rest with a spectacular performance. Guardiola put his best side for the El Classico encounter. Henry, Eto and Messi formed the front trio. The midfield was rightly formed with the magical trio - Iniesta, Toure and Xavi. The defense was made up of Alves, Pique, Puyol and Abidal. And as usual Valdes kept the goal. The first El Classico of this season featured a ultra defensive Real Madrid side being beaten at Camp Nou. Since it was a "Must Win Match" for Madrid and there was an expectation that there will be goals in this match, but nobody expected to see eight goals.

The first attack in the match was from Barca in the first minute with Xavi forcing a decent save from Saint Iker from the edge of the box. After that Real Madrid buyoued by fans produce some exciting football causing us some trouble, especially Robben. They were rewarded with a goal in the 14th minute when Sergio Ramos got past Abidal and send in a great cross to Higuain in the box; Puyol left Higuain unmarked and the Argentinian made no mistake in putting Real Madrid ahead. The response from Barca was excellent. They came forward in flocks and most importantly raised their rhythm to some notch up. Then in the 16th minute Messi send in a delightful chip to Henry putting ahead of Ramosa, henry ran into the area and cooly finished the ball into the goal past Iker Casillas. Then in the 20th minute Henry was brought down on the left of box by Cannavaro. Xavi picked out Puyol with the resultant free kick and an unmarked Puyol headed the ball into the goal to take Barca into lead. Madrid responded immediately with first Robben and then Raul bringing on necessary intervention from Valdes. Then in the 27th minute Xavi send in a great pass to Eto, whose shot was well saved by Casillas. Fc barcelona was raising the tempo taking Real out of the game. In the 29th minute Messi and Iniesta combined well to create a wonderful chance but Messi's shot was saved by Casillas. In the 35th minute Xavi robbed Lass off the ball and sent Messi through, Messi made no mistake in slotting the ball past Casillas. The first half ended with Alves free kick from outside the box being saved low by Casillas.

In the second half Fc Barcelona started playing around with the Madrid side. Many occasion it looked like Barca players were contend in playing the ball around rather than going forward. In the 48th minute Iniesta skipped past three defenders but hs shot went wide. In the 54th minute Messi collects the ball near half line and sets off on a great run skipping past defenders and send in a great cross across the face of goal, but none of his team mates showed any interest in getting anywhere near him. Meanwhile many of FC Barcelona's were blocked off by the most unlikely of source - the referee. Two times he came in way of a great Barca move. Then against the run of play Madrid scored a second reviving their hopes from a Ramos Header off a Robben free kick. Barca responded immediately restoring the two goal lead with a cool finish from henry in the 58 minute. Xavi send in a great pass to Henry on the left who slotted home past a Casillas who stormed out of him goal. In the 60th minute Eto send in a great cross from right who surprisingly missed the open chance. Guardiola brought in Keita for Henry in the 61st minute. Then in the 75th minute Messi and Xavi combined well to create the fifth goal with a great finish. Messi played the ball to Xavi on the edge of box, Xavi rounded off the defenders with a great 360 degree turn and released Messi on the right. But it was dissappointing to see Guardiola not taking off important players immediately. Then in the 83rd minute Pique scores a great goal with a great finish to complete the socre sheet. Pique started the move near the half line; Pique passed the ball to Messi who released Eto on the right; Eto then send in a greta cross which was well finished by Pique. That was FC Barcelona's 100th goal of the league. Guardiola immediately took out Toure and Iniesta in the 85th minute and brought in Bojan and Busquets. In the 87th minute, Bojan skipped past Heinze on the right and send in a great cross only to see Messi placing the ball wide.

This was an excellent performance which might have already sealed this year's League. Barca can now concentrate on the encounter with Chelsea with no distraction on mind. Guardiola never gave an hint of how he is planning to line up his defense of that match. But with this win there is no doubt that barca players will be on the right frame of mind while travelling to Stamford Bridge. All of Barca players were good last night, but Henry, xavi, Messi and Pique stood out. Pique's form is impressive. It was good to see Messi doing well once again. Eto was also involved well but could not get into the score sheet. Iniesta may not have any assist to boast from this match but he was really good, it is no surprise that he makes Xavi look so dangerous. There were a series of 360 degree turns by both the "Little Men" of Barca leaving Real Madrid playesr at sea. Toure was again excellent throughout the match. But Guardiola do have things to ponder, especially aerial defending.

May 8, 2008

Madrid Humiliates BarcelonaThe humiliation of applauding Madrid players on to the pitch turned out to be minute, in comparison of the humiliation suffered in the match. Madrid destroyed Barcelona with a great all round performance. The final score line is a great injustice to Madrid, yes I mean what I said - they should have won the match by a dozen goals or so. Victor Valdez should be credited with keeping the Madrid score line to just four. This Classico was built up as a last attempt by Barcelona players to restore some pride; instead the Barcelona players were not at all interested. El Classico stature came from the fact that it is the ultimate clash between two Titans - but yesterday Madrid played like a real Champion, but Barcelona's performance resembled a team which has just been promoted to first division. But the most terrible part was to see Rijkaard sitting in his seat devastated by his players performance. He has given so much to the club, he deserved a better performance. Actually its better for him that he leave this season, as this bunch of players will not stand and fight for him.

Barcelona started with Marquez partnering Puyol. Thuram should have started instead of Marquez, Gudjonsen cam in midfield with Bojan, Henry and Messi upfront. Real Madrid settled down pretty quickly and had their first shot on target in the first minute when Robben curling kick was caught by Valdez. Then in the 6th minute Valdez tried to be smart and almost gave a way the ball to the opposition in the box - he was trying to round off Raul. In the 13th minute, Raul scores after a quick exchange of passes between Sneijder, Robben and Guti. Barcelona can consider themselves lucky for the referee overlooking the foul by Guti on Marquez, but whatever that finish from Raul was simply outstanding. He curled the ball past Valdez. Then in the 17th minute, Valdez gave another scare when he spilled a good long range shot from Gago towards Raul, but he managed to somehow grab it the second time. In the 21st minute referee gave a free kick for a non existing foul by Abidal on Guti. Guti's resulting free kick was directed into the net by Robben, who simply ran across the goal mouth without getting picked up by a defender. What pathetic marking! Rijkaard tried to instill some spirit by bringing on Giovani instead of Gudjonsen. After the second Goal Messi understood that he is not going to get any support from his team mate and tried to up the tempo all by himself. That resulted in a free kick just outside the box for a foul on Messi; but as usual Henry shot that wide. In the 32nd minute, Giovani shot wide from outside the box. Casillas cannot be blamed if he has started a taking a nap by this time, he never saw the ball. Then in the 34th minute Valdez puts across an excellent save to deny Guti. Next up was Robben's turn, he turned the entire defense inside out in the box but Valdez brought in another wonderful save to deny him also. In the 45th minute Bojan wins free kick again just outside the box only for Xavi to waste it. The first half story was simple - Madrid outplayed Barcelona in every field. May be that is an exaggeration, Madrid played and Barcelona players watched that was the truth.

Everyone hoped to see a different second half. Sylvinho was brought in place of Marquez but nothing changed. In the 54th minute Puyol's and Sylvinho's terrific intervention denies Madrid of a third goal. Sylvinho gets hurt in that process and had to be replaced by Edmillson. In the 63rd minute Higuain put Madrid three nil up, when he converted from an excellent pass from Diarra. In the 69th minute Valdez brings in another save to deny this time Marcello. But then in the 77th minute referee gave a penalty to Madrid for Puyol handling the ball that was again a bit harsh. Van Nistel Rooy scores the penalty and that was his 50th league goal for Madrid. In the 80th minute Robinho who was brought in after half time makes fun of the entire Barcelona defense with his trademark step overs. Again like the last ten minute in the first half, Messi single handedly tried to challenge Madrid. in the 81st minute Messi was denied by a terrific save by Casillas. In the 86th minute Messi was again denied by Casillas after an excellent run into the box. Then in the next minute Messi provides an inch perfect through ball from which Henry scores the consolation goal for Barcelona. In the injury time Xavi picks up a second yellow card and gets himself eliminated.

With this performance and Villareal's victory early in the night, Barcelona made sure that they have to play the qualifications for the nextb season's Champions League. This timid performance also saw Victor Valdez being toppled from the top of Zamorra table deservingly by Casillas. To a great extent, this humiliation was necessary, but cannot stop sympathizing with Rijkaard. Messi needs to step up his game, more importantly understand that he alone sometimes have to turn the matches. Whenever he tried to step up the tempo all by him Madrid looked uncomfortable.

Mar 11, 2007

An outstanding Lionel Messi saved the El-Classico for the catalans and most importantly made sure that the difference between Sevilla and the defending champions will be only 3 points. Don't be surprised if yesterday's El-Classico will be remembered as Lionel Messi's ElClassico. At last Messi started giving justification to El Diego's comments of making his successor. He has been showing flashes of his brilliance till yesterday, but yesterday he just released the first part of a hopefully long film called "Messi Unleashed". Yesterday's match was a battle between the collective determinations of the mardid players and individual brilliance of Barcelona players. As usual Barcelona defence played havoc and was responsible for their entire problems. But Barca players were not helped properly by a team management which was as confused as the players. First of all I never understood the formation played by Barca yesterday, but I am lucky that I am not the only one. It looked like the players also never had any idea and moreover they were not at all confident with the defence. Otherwise its not easy to explain the number of reckless challenges thrown by players.

The first Goal came from a defensive lapse from the most unlikely player, Thuram. But this has been the story of Barcelona this season. The faults are coming from the most unlikely players of all. Last season Edmillson looked like one of the best defensive midfielder, this season it gives me nightmares thinking about he playing in the side. So is the case with Marquez. Hopefully there are some goodnews coming and most probably we will sign Abidal and Frings this summer. These two guys surely should solve our aerial defence problem. But then when Thuram and Zam came everyone said this, you cannot guess anything in Barcelona.
The Goals scored by Barca were brilliant. Beautiful teamwork and individual skills. Iniesta looked like he was playing Polo when he was put in the Back. But the moment he came forward he was back to his best. Gudjonsen looks like he will give us a more physical option infront of the goal. The defence........mmmmmmmmmm... Did we have one? I don't know... deco didn't look at his best. Ronnie showed flashes of brilliance. But the real stars of night were Messi, Iker Cassilas and Victor Valdes. They were just simply awsome.



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