Barcelona had the honour of hosting the first El Clasico of the 2023/24 season as Real Madrid visited the Olympic Saint Montjuic in the hopes of extending their lead over their rivals on top of the table.
The Catalans lined up in a rather unconventional XI which looked like a 3-5-2, with Joao Cancelo and Alejandro Balde providing width as the wingbacks. Fermin Lopez, Ilkay Gundogan, and Gavi took hold of the midfield.
It was the treble-winner Gundogan from last season Ilkay Gundogan who proved to be the difference early on as a mistake from Aurelien Tchoumaeni and David Alaba ended up being costly.
Barça were evidently the better team through the game, hitting the post twice and controlling the tempo before Jude Bellingham’s sensational hit brought the scores level around the 70th-minute mark.
From thereon, it was mostly all Real Madrid, and they got their reward as Bellingham struck again in the 92nd minute to score the winner.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 8
Ter Stegen was flawless through the game, picking out the right passes and dealing with most of what was thrown his way. Could not do much about either goal.
Ronald Araujo: 8.5
An absolute demon defensively once again against Vinicius, Araujo was sensational through the game. Picked out a decent few passes for Cancelo and Ferran, too.
Andreas Christensen: 7.5
Christensen had a ton of responsibility playing in the middle of the backline, and did his job rather well. Did not complicate his role much, kept it neat and tidy even though he could not do much about the goal.
Inigo Martinez: 7.5
An incredible El Clasico debut for Inigo Martinez, who was faultless through the game. Kept Rodrygo and Carvajal quiet on the attack, and was an absolute homing missile with the ball at his feet. Came close to scoring, as well, hitting the post from a corner.
Was unlucky to have the ball bounce over him as Bellingham scored the winner.
Joao Cancelo: 8.5
Playing much higher today, Cancelo put in a tremendous shift before…
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Author : Udhav Arora
Publish date : 2023-10-28 16:11:20
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