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Three things we have learned from El Clasico

Monday 24th April 2017
A few weeks ago we thought the La Liga title race was done and dusted, now we're contemplating a successful Barcelona campaign. In a match that nobody could say wasn't entertaining, it was Barcelona who prevailed in the 233rd El Clasico.

A thrilling 3-2 win sends Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid in the La Liga standings. The game provided us with moments of brilliance, moments of madness and memories to last us a lifetime.

Here's what we learnt from the epic encounter.

Sergio Ramos costs his teammates again

For the umpteenth time in history, a moment of madness from Sergio Ramos has cost his Madrid teammates a pivotal match. After lunging in with two feet on Lionel Messi, Ramos was handed his 22nd red card of his footballing career. Despite it only being his second foul of the game, it proved to be his most telling contribution of the game.

Over the years many have allowed the last gasp headers from the Spaniard to mask his growing flaws as a competent defender. It's bad enough that the 31-year old is barely able to defend 1v1, it's worse that he then exemplifies his flaws by hot-headedly flying into tackles. The man was also sent off in the El Clasico last April, why can't he just control his temperament in big games?

Lionel Messi is back to his best

Lionel Messi has scored 402 of his 500 goals with his left foot.

After scoring his 500th club career goal at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has cemented himself as the greatest Cules player ever. The little magician took his league tally for the season to 31 goals whilst providing 8 assists in the process. Throughout the biggest game of the season, the Argentinean simply glided through a porous Real Madrid midfield, leaving Casemiro in his wake several times.

The stats also tell the tale of the story, the 29-year old completed 7 of his 11 take-ons, drew 6 fouls, provided 1 assist, had 4 shots on target and scored 2 goals. The man ran the show from start to finish and he did it on the grandest stage of them all. The brace allows Messi to extend his lead as the all-time leading goalscorer in El Clásico matches with 24 goals.

Real Madrid need a new centre-back in the summer

I know circumstances are hard at the moment and injuries are piling up, but there's no excuse for Real Madrid not to have FOUR top quality CBs at the Bernabeu. With Raphael Varane out until May and Pepe out for the season, Nacho Fernandez has been forced to step into the bright lights. Although the 27-year old put in a solid display against Barcelona's devastating attack, he was mercilessly targeted throughout.

Nacho Fernandez was identified as a weak point in Madrid's defence and was subsequently ran at all game. This created havoc and in response to this, Sergio Ramos felt the need to constantly double up with him, vacating his defensive space. This caused a knock-on effect as other players were also forced out of their zones, creating space for Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez to exploit.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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