Ok, so it wasn’t exactly the best match or the best performance by either team. Honestly, I was disappointed, I expected fireworks, which we’ve all become accustomed to seeing in el Clasico nights. But the Blaugrana boys got the job done. I knew they would win. I was actually shocked to hear that Barcelona went into the game as underdogs. Theres been a recent media storm about how they are running out of steam etc. Even after Benzema scored the first goal in the opening seconds, I told my buddy that Barca will come back. If you didn’t watch the game, a mistake by Valdes early on gave Madrid the lead. Barca weren’t their fluent selves, as Madrid closed them down for a lot of the first half. But then Messi tore open the Madrid defense and provided Alexis Sanchez who equalised. The second half saw missed opportunities for Madrid as star man Cristiano Ronaldo failed to impact. A Xavi strike deflected off Marcelo gave the Catalans the lead and Fabregas put in the third with an excellent header after Dani Alves galloped down the right and fed him an impeccable cross. It was all over for Madrid as their fans could be seen leaving the stadium well before the final whistle.
Mourinho attributed the loss to “bad luck” after the game. The only spot of bad luck was probably Valdes’ miskick and his own teams very lucky goal in the opening seconds. His team was inferior and he should just accept it like a man. Seriously. On an up side, there was no explosive fights, just one or two squabbles here and there. The only dubious decision by the ref was probably his booking of Messi for giving him “words.” When the Argentine made a real tackle that was a booking, the ref didn’t pull out a card. My friend, a Madrid supporter, feels that refs feel bad to send Messi off, as they fear the quality of the game will be diminished. What are your thoughts on this and your thoughts on the game?