The first Clasico without either Ronaldo or Messi in 17 years.Despite the loss, the Blaugrana will take heart from the performance. Had they taken the chances that came their way who knows. Check out Dest missing the sitter there midway through the first half. The American lacked composure in that pressure situation, had that chance fallen to let’s say Fati who knows. Both sides went for almost identical formation 4-3-3 which is the catalans traditional formation since the days of Cruyff. In all honesty Real looked more comfortable with it that the home side. That is because they moved the ball better in that crucial part of the pitch after the center circle but just before the 18 yard box quadrant. Modric and Kroos rolling back the years to the glory days of 2014 to 2018.
In fact all of Los Blancos’s players came to the party. As for FC Barcelona they looked vulnerable to the pace of Vinicius and Rodrygo. Goalkeeper Ter Stegen is great with the ball to feet but very suspect with the hands. Now we know Barca are big on the passing so that leaves room for improvement on the saves side. So Barca goalkeeping coach now knows what to work on seeing the second goal for Real by Lucas. On the plus side he does average 67% saves per game in La Liga but that is also a sign of a team with a weak defense which is always under pressure. The disadvantage of a 4-3-3 is that there really isn’t a striker but a false number 9 which in the case of Barca is Memphis so no focal point. Kun Aguero can’t get a game because of this but when he came on he showed that he still got it with a smart first time finish. Real Madrid now second in La Liga behind Sociedad by a point but they have a game in hand. Barca’s miserable season continues, they are rooted 9th 6 points off the top.