• Dominick Galicia


The first El Clasico of the season can be considered as one of the most well-fought ones in recent years. Zinedine Zidane’s side got the edge in this one, winning 3-1 on FC Barcelona’s home soil. This result can only be a sign of good things to come for the Los Blancos in their quest for defending the La Liga title.

The French legend seems to have worked hard during the week in an attempt to turn the tables, following disappointing results prior to the awaited match. And it paid off, with Madrid clearly the more eager team to play and get all three points.

How did Los Blancos get it right once more against the Catalans?

They were defending well. It may not be that solid, but their defence got the job done to prevent Barcelona from getting closer to them, especially in the second half. Rafael Varane and Sergio Ramos proved to be crucial in stopping Baraca’s attack from producing the final play.

Thibaut Courtois was exceptional between the posts, though conceding a goal from Ansu Fati. His stop on Lionel Messi’s open opportunity really gave them the momentum to hold on and prevent anything to get past the dominant Belgian keeper.

Madrid’s midfield and forwards played with fluency, getting passes right and getting the threatening opportunities they really wanted. Their presence of mind was so evident that they manage to get the Barca defence chasing. With this attitude, they were always on the front foot and didn’t give up, particularly during the sequence that led to Luca Modric’s dagger goal that sealed the deal.

Mind games also played a big role in Los Blanco’s dismantling of Barcelona. They really got into their heads, particularly Messi. Zidane's men barely gave the Argentinian chances to make big runs on the field by swarming around him and making physical challenges on him. With this, Messi was furious in some instances, especially when he was tackled inside the penalty area.

Their reactions when Real Madrid scored the last two goals were proof of their lost of motivation to get back in the game. It was then that they threw in the towel and accepted their fate for the teams’ first meeting of the season.

Ronald Koeman surely have a lot to think about following this big defeat. The result may just be an early insight into the possible outcome of the La Liga season.

This was a big statement from the Los Blancos about their business this season and was a warning shot about their efforts to once again challenge for glory.

Was the result merely because of Koeman still rebuilding Barca? Was it because of the VAR? It is time to stop making excuses on this. This result is evidence of how Real Madrid are starting to get more serious in the race. Surely, there will be more to come from the giants of Spain.