Defeated Barcelona in the Clasico
Real Madrid are synonymous with the Champions League. And we already know what happens to Barcelona in the Champions League. Los Blancos didn’t even need to step on the accelerator and disposed of their eternal rivals with three slaps on the wrist.
And then it was time to move on. The pressure they suffered was of Madrid’s own doing for not wanting to finish off their opponents.
On the pitch, there was plenty to look into. Sergio Busquets is not there, at least not with Xavi (but hopefully with Luis Enrique). It is not crazy to say that Fede Valverde is the best midfielder in the world today. Karim Benzema will pick up the Ballon d’Or for a reason. Carlo Ancelotti is a legend.
Xavi was wrong: why didn’t Gavi start? Ousmane Dembele is more fiction than reality. Madrid don’t like to draw blood.
Valverde: the best in the world?
Is there a fitter midfielder in the world than Fede Valverde? The Uruguayan appears in all areas of the pitch, he wins all the duels, he partners well with midfielders and strikers, he is powerful in one-on-one situations and he has a huge punch. There is a reason why Ancelotti is no longer considering not taking him out of the eleven, but rather removing him from the pitch in the 90th minute. And an idol.
Toni Kroos cannot retire
There are fears at the Santiago Bernabeu that Toni Kroos may decide to retire at the end of the season. His contract expires in 2023 and he is not yet ready to renew. “He wants to see how he feels,” say those close to him. After watching the Clasico, it seems clear that he’s not feeling too bad. The German once again bossed the midfield.
Busquets is not here and Xavi got it wrong
The Clasico went over Busquets’ head, and he was exposed very early on. His nightmare started at 1-0, losing a race with Kroos. The midfielder is not physically up to the demands of big games, both attacking and defending. It is surprising that Xavi sat Gavi on the bench.
Militao ate up Lewandowski
The duel between Militao and Lewandowski was won by the Madrid defender. The Brazilian did not allow the Polish striker to receive a decent ball in the box. Outside the box he took every duel against Lewandowski, who in the first half sent a clear shot over the bar (although he was offside).
This is the real Ansu Fati
The Ansu Fati we saw at the Bernabeu is the one Barcelona and the national team need. He came close to scoring with a long-range shot and set up Ferran’s goal. Eager to be protagonist, Ansu has a month ahead to recover his best form and convince Xavi of more minutes… and Luis Enrique to take him to the World Cup.