Barcelona has returned! The Clasico thrashing of Real Madrid brings Xavi’s blueprint to life.
After beating runaway leaders Real Madrid in a statement win at the Bernabeu in the El Clasico, Barcelona manager Xavi would not rule out a surprising late charge for the La Liga title. Real, who had won the previous five Clasicos, leads Sevilla by nine points with nine games remaining, with third-placed Barcelona behind by three points with a game in hand.
On his Clasico debut, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and set up Ferran Torres. Before the break, Aubameyang and Ronald Araujo headed in crosses from Ousmane Dembele, and Aubayemang then flicked the ball into Torres’ path for their third. From a Torres ball, Aubayemang, an ex-Arsenal striker, added a fourth.
Barca has now gone 12 games without losing, and Xavi said: “We can’t rule anything out, so I’m not sure if we can win the title. We may be a little late, but this is a huge triumph for us. “We were far superior to Real Madrid. In the stadium, we played almost like a home team. It’s a day to celebrate, not only as a Barcelona manager, but also as a supporter.
“We could have easily scored five or six points. We broke out of our losing streak in the last few Clasicos.”
Sergio Busquets, a midfielder for Barcelona, added: “We will battle to the finish if we still have a chance to win the championship. It’s challenging, but anything can happen in football. Barca is our name.” Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s manager, accepted responsibility for the devastating defeat, saying, “It’s my fault,” but asking his players to “forget it and move on.”
Aubameyang adds momentum to Xavi revolution:
Barcelona has looked like an entirely different team since Xavi took over from Ronald Koeman in November, losing only once in La Liga in that time – and it was almost three months ago. Their Premier League winter recruits, such as Aubameyang from Arsenal, Torres from Manchester City, and Adama Traore from Wolves, have also altered them. Only Memphis Depay (ten goals) has scored more goals for Barcelona this season than Aubameyang (nine) and Torres (five). Although it is far too late for a title push, this historic result proves that Barcelona is back – and might be a contender for the major honours next season.
They thrashed Real Madrid to win the Clasico for the first time in three years and their largest league win at the Bernabeu since 2015. Dembele, who was booed by his own fans only a few weeks ago after failing to leave in January, set up both goals. To deal with the threat of Vinicius Jr, Araujo was chosen to start at right-back instead of Dani Alves, but he ended up scoring himself. With a wonderful backheel pass, Aubameyang set up Torres for their fourth goal, which was initially ruled out for offside but given by the video assistant referee.
Please check out the following website for further news articles:
Do check out our TikTok: