Ronaldo and Mourinho help Real Madrid win El Clasico
Whenever FC Barcelona plays Real Madrid CF, it is always a spectacle that attracts the attention of the entire football world.This El Clásico, though, had much higher stakes than previous ones. With a win in this game, Barcelona would be just one point behind Madrid in La Liga, a salvageable distance to gap in the last few games of the season. However with loss, they would trail Madrid by 7 points.
- Real Madrid = All set to be new La Liga Champions
- The Game
- Mourinho's Gameplan
- Ronaldo's Class
- What Lies Ahead
Real Madrid = All set to be new La Liga Champions
The league is what a team lives and fight's for it looks like Barcelona are about to relinquish their title, allowing Real Madrid to win La Liga for the first time since 2007-08. Before the Game, Madrid were 4 points ahead of Barca and in tonight’s game at the Nou Camp, Barcelona had the chance to close the gap on Real Madrid to just 1 point but they lost the plot and now Madrid are seven points adrift of their arch rivals at the top of the table with just four games remaining.
Last season Real were hammered by Barca at this very venue, but Real Madrid were in no mood to slip up this time. Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi all sought to monopolise possession for Barca , yet chances only arrived sporadically. It bas Brilliance of Madrid all over. Madrid made a positive start to the match amidst the raucous Camp Nou atmosphere, and fashioned the first opportunity after only five minutes, with a powerful header from Ronaldo. With over 13 minutes gone, Tello showed lightning quick feet to evade a pair of challenges out wide, before letting fly with an effort that Casillas did well to save, as the home side grew into the game. But their endeavour was halted, as three minutes later, Madrid were ahead.By contrast, Madrid unsettled Barca and after 17 minutes, Sami Khedira put Madrid in front when turning the ball home from close range following a corner.
The goal was Madrid's 108th in La Liga this season, breaking the record set by John Toshack's side in the 1989-90 campaign, and Madrid were content to reign in their attacking intent as a result, with Barca exercising an even greater grip on possession as they pursued an equaliser. took an early lead with Khedira bundling the ball in early.
Barcelona continued to play their passing game, remaining calm and with Sanchez coming on for Xavi reaped the rewards minutes later when the Chilean brought Barca level on 70 minutes. With the game level, Barca could have done with having Xavi on to control the tempo but Real took advantage of his absence and just minutes later Ronaldo was sent clear through by the brilliant Mesut Ozil and the Portuguese attacker made no mistake in restoring Real’s lead.Barca fought in vain to get back into the game but to no avail, losing their second game in a row.
Barcelona's hopes of a fourth sucessive Primera Division title were dealt a potentially fatal blow after a 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou against Real Madrid in the Clasico on Saturday.
Mourinho is regarded as one of the most successful and tactical manager in football. and he did prove it right by defeating Barca at their home and making sure that Real are almost assured of the League Titles. The title is destined to end up back at the Bernabeu bar, barring an almighty slip up from Real, and will surely go down as one of Mourinho’s greatest achievements.
It was Mourinho's Brilliance in the field all around. Despite some painful memories of the same fixture last season, Mourinho fielded the identical front six that were subjected to a savage 5-0 defeat in November 2010 with Xabi Alonso and Khedira forming a two-man screen to combat Barcelona's attack. Barca were struggling to impose their usual fluid style against a robust yet dynamic Madrid side, led by Mourinho. Barca Tried to attack in the first half but chances were very less.By contrast, Madrid unsettled Barca and on 17 minutes Mourinho's side took the lead from a set-piece. Pepe dwarfed Adriano to meet a corner from the right and Valdes, out of position having initially come off his line for the ball, threw out a hand to stop the header. Puyol was ostensibly on hand to clear yet got the ball caught under his feet, allowing Khedira to stick his leg in and poke it over the line.
After half time, Real returned for the second half with the intention of slowing the game down, with a number of players including Pepe and Fabio Coentrao both requiring treatment for what appeared to be innocuous injuries.Their tactics were frustrating Barcelona, though, who could barely get close to Casillas' goal. However, Barca did came back with Pinball goal- Casillas denying Tello and Sanchez in quick succession - the second save a wonderful claw-back - before the Chilean eventually bundling from close range. But Mourinho had final laugh as Ronaldo dealt Barca the Fatal and Final Blow in the 72nd Minute. Mourinho’s game plan was simple thereafter, and the visitors were able to hold on to their advantage, defending in numbers and holding onto possession with purpose as they frustrated Barca, and claimed a devastating three points in the title race.
Perhaps now there will be more debate in this Messi vs Ronaldo argument, Ronaldo turned up and lead his team to victory at the Nou Camp whilst Messi was quiet. Ronaldo finally silenced his critics and the Barcelona fans at Nou Camp with a brilliant finish from not the easiest of angle. The goal, extending his La Liga record tally for the season to 42, was the best response to critics who accuse the Portuguese of flopping in big games and he is now one goal ahead of Barca forward Lionel Messi at the top of the scoring chart.
Cristiano Ronaldo finally stood up to be counted in a Clasico as record-breaking Real Madrid took a giant step towards wresting the Primera Division title from Barcelona’s grasp.He struck just two minutes after Alexis Sanchez had bundled in an equaliser to cancel out Sami Khedira’s equally scrappy first-half opener, a goal that set a new record for goals in a league season.
What Lies Ahead
Both sides will look to regain their focus, with deficits to overcome in their Champions League semi-final second-leg matchups midweek. Barca welcome Chelsea on Tuesday, while Madrid entertain Bayern the following day.