The worst defeat in the worst moment against the worst opponent


Lluís Mascaró


Barcelona’s impressive run in La Liga broke at the worst moment, against the worst opponent. Real Madrid, without doing anything otherworldly, won the Clasico and moved top of La Liga, for now. Zinedine Zidane’s side merely took advantage of Barcelona errors to get three points that could be decisive in La Liga.

Barcelona showed their weak points against a well-ordered Madrid. Especially in attack, where Messi was more alone than ever. Laporta learned, if he didn’t already know, that to build Messi a winning project he needs to sign a top striker. But Barca also lacked fluidity in the play. Only with courage and fight did they get back into it in the second half. And could equalised when Ilaix hit the bar at the end.

Defeat against Real Madrid was a tremendous disappointment. It stopped the growth of this team. They weren’t much better but we all know the capacity of Madrid to win games almost without wanting to. Not even Messi could change the dynamic in what could be his lat Clasico. Even though he gave absolutely everything, including in the driving rain, to find the comeback. It was useless. Barcelona suffered their first league defeat in four months and it was doubly painful. Because it was against a mediocre Madrid and it makes their La Liga dream harder.

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