11' Ronaldo 1-0
49' Puyol 1-1
77' Abidal 1-2
*sigh* where to even start.... First of all props to Cristiano Ronaldo, I felt that he played with the heart that was needed for a rivalry match and one of importance. However, the rest of the team was pathetic once again. Mou must see things in the practice that the rest of the world doesn't. Why was Antilop starting?!? At least he kept khedira on the bench, carvalho had a great match considering he hasn't played all season. But still Sergio Ramos was all over the place, the whole defence was playing to the refs whistle and hoping/praying that the offside trap worked every single time. play for the damn ball until you hear the damn whistle, i'm pretty sure thats the way everyone has been brought up playing the game. I blame mou for having RM park the bus right after the goal at the 11 minute mark. Absolute disgrace, sur40e start dropping back if you score around the 60-70 min mark but not the 11. Once again Real Madrid scored early and then just sat there waiting to be taken advantage of. Keep attacking! Don't give them the luxury of stringing 20-30+ and just not do anything. The team is lacking the tough mentality and psychological toughness when facing barca.. I was watching it on Sky sports, and every other time their faces were down as if they had already given up, this was prior to even the tie! 1st goal was crap defending by RM, pepe's responsibility to cover his man. Which brings up the last thing which really irked me, I understand the physicality and the pushing and shoving and sometimes nasty tackles thats all fine, its part of the game and hell its a rivalry match i want to see them at each others throats. But that brute of pepe, there is no need to step on a mans foot, when its right next to you, sure I could be the ultimate fan and say "hey well messi shouldn't put his hand in front of pepe's foot" but that was dirty and totally done on purpose, he does not deserve the right wear that jersey. I don't care how good he might be in defending but that was thuggish and not needed. Mou needs to get his head out of his @ss and figure out a way to build up courage and motivation in the team, otherwise doesn't matter if we have the lead. It's going to be hard as hell to win 2-0 at the camp nou let alone hold a 1-0 lead the whole match. THey needed to win here and they botched it. Serves them right for playing mediocre after scoring the goal. Other than that, i think the ref was pretty good for the most part, madrid got lucky this wasn't a blow out. Here's hoping that next weeks match is a lot better for RM.
I was shocked he started both Higuain and Benzema, we did not have a creative midfielder and altintop as rightback wtf? Mou is an idiot.
i thought Antilop was your best defender kept iniesta quiet all game... pepe should definitely of not played tho and defending tactics arent the way to beat barca they had way too much possesion
I thought Altintop was Madrid's best player last night. Pepe ruined it for Madrid with no stoping Puyol getting the header and the that whole episode with Messi. One thing we still know is Madrid still have a long way to go (defending all game) and can any big team ever outplay Barca???
Madrid have a psychological block with Barcelona. They can match them, but they have to keep pressing and play their normal attacking game. Seeing Madrid take a step back to defend after the goal was disappointing.
Once they break this psychological block from feeling they are inferior, they will be able to take Barcelona.
Mourinho is a fighter and although some might question his lineups, he will get it right sooner rather than later.
Madrid are not quite the finished article but anyone can see they have made major progress the past year and are closer to Barcelona than ever...
RM are Primadonnas and see what Ronaldo did there that was = to jesus walking on water its a one time thing in afraid. :D
lol pepe and coentrao bullying little messi.
Come on Pepe. Really?
I knew it was going to be a very close match and a Barcelona win, better luck next time Real Madrid!
What did you watch? Close match??? Madrid had very few chances and Barca had most of the possession and hit the bar twice. Other than Ronaldo scoring I can't remember a decent Madrid attack in that game.
There was a El Classico last night? Wow it really is losing its 'magic'.
Too many damn games close to each other. And obviously more competition in the league would help. Levante gave the big teams a run for their money for a while, but they stopped believing in themselves I guess.
Right!! I came from work and did not even realized there was one until skimmed the trough the channels...wtf
@above you obviously didn't know because you don't care, but its not really losing its magic... I mean I've seen man city vs liverpool games and manu vs manc games in the past couple weeks that have been really boring to watch. Even if RM lost, I enjoyed watching the game. You sir are simply being biased
tbh, it was the best el clasico I've watched since the 5-0 thumping at Camp Nou
Pepe is an absolute lunatic. Every single time he plays against Barca you wonder if he'll finish a game. Shame though because he's a decent defender but has awful discipline. Full credit to Barca - had a gameplan and let the ball do the work.
Quite a fair game for a change which was nice. Only one player ruined it for me and that was Pepe.. never liked the guy but he should be ashamed to call himself an adult with his behaviour in this game. How many times has he complained at refs for Barce players supposedly diving and play acting? Everytime a Barce player touched him he went down like he had been shot. The stamp on Messi was just the icing on the cake. Pepe hate aside, I think Mourinho and RM need new tactics against Barce. They show them too much respect as that match shown.. you'd never have thought they were playing at the Bernabeu with how negative they were and while they did manager to score (flukey goal imho one which Valdes would have saved) for most of the game they were defending in their own half and Barce just picked them apart.
This always seems to be Madrid's tactics and I don't know why, it's damn near impossible to defend for 60+ minutes vs Barca (I know Man Utd managed it and so did Mou with Inter) but the fact is Madrid's defence is shambolic compared to those, all good players don't get me wrong but as a unit they are all over the place. Pepe and Biscuits should just dive off a cliff. Ronaldo played with heart but his team gave him L1 triangle passes that only work in Fifa!!
L1+Triangle passes XD I love that game. But yeah its true i was yelling at the screen out of frustration because thats ALL they kept trying to do is lob it over, thats retarded. They didn't even try to string together passes! And when they would it would be going backwards towards casillas which was also frustrating.
Madrid need to play their normal, like how they play against team isn't Barca, if they keep playing the same defending tactic against them they're asking for trouble, Oh and Pepe *facepalm*
anybody notice the two biggest 11x2 trolls are missing from this article.
Kane_lfc and neoragex
clearly proving my point that they do not support any team. they just troll the united articles for kicks.
OT: i honestly thought real could draw the match given that they played barca so much. but yet again, no progress. Ronaldo should have just stayed at MUFC. he would have been on legendary status with Cantona and Charlton.
Them two used to really annoy me because I thought they were for real. Now I know they are just so passionate about our club and only our club and they make me laugh. I'll even go as far as to say when they are not in a United article I miss them.
I do have a life you know...cant be on here all day >_<
IfI played for Barca, I would give Pepe a bloody nose with the biggest smack to his face ever. Madrid is light years away from Barca, they need to throw in the towel, they won't even win the league this year because Barca still has them at home and somewhere along the lines Madrid will draw.
Don't forget Barca has also lost or tied games they should be winning.
Madrid need to step up their game.
I knew Madrid will defend , that was the most stupid thing. and Antilop was great , CR7 to
Once again, Barca shows their dominance, this time with two goals by defenders, and a beautiful pass by Messi. Mourinho might think that after that 3-2 loss they faced when Fabregas first got on the field a while back, that no matter how good offensively they played, barca would always beat them. Back then I remember seeing Madrid pressure Barca like no other, yet they took the fall. I think as a wise man has told me, "Real Madrid's legs shake when they face Barca".
Altintop did a great job and i think Mou shold've replace Ronaldo in the second half
Ronaldo is so useless against Barcå.
i wouldnt call him useless i think he got injured in the first half and that was holding him back
I can see Ronaldo leaving Madrid...hes going to start to get bored of constantly getting dominated by Barca every season.
Should of stayed at Man U, there he would of become a legend and actually won things.
ehh the way i see it is if he truly is that great then he will stay in Madrid to face the best team in the world and beat them. Yes, he would be winning more titles in ManU, but against opponents that are not anywhere near as good. If he would move just for a fake legendary status, there would be no pride in that...
Hxc Manchester United with Ronald beat Barca to go on to win the Champions League. OK we lost the second time round with him but by then his head was turned. He has at least won important medals in the world of football rather than just one medal of next to no importance. He was a Ballon d'or winner with Manchester United something he will probably never achieve with Madrid.
@buddymagoo, Real also beat them to the title the same year. Barca became a beast of a club after Guardiola came in, and the only team to actually knock them out of the Champions League is Inter.
yea this is a different barca, maybe most of the same people but different tactics and far more experienced players... oMs players are fairly young
With the squad Real has you would expect much more 27% of the ball is just not good enough Barca outplayed Real as if they were playing Osasuna or some other team Real must step it up
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