The Clasico that we qualified as decaffeinated was super juicy. Xavi went out through the big door in what we could define as his confirmation of alternative: with his well-balanced team, light in handling the ball, with personality and offensive desire, he scored a landslide. Let go of any doubts, whoever still had them: Barça has returned, thanks to Xavi, who was extremely brave in accepting this challenge, and the January reinforcements, well chosen. Surely Laporta will hear these days that he would have done better to decide on Xavi much earlier. If so, he would not be 12 points behind Madrid at this point.
And Xavi’s counterpart was Ancelotti, who took to roasting the butter. The absence of Benzema was intended to be replaced with Modric at the top, from nine who comes and goes, as Benzema usually plays. But that function took him out of his, that of carrying the handle. Without handle or center forward, Madrid gave the hit ten minutes, but little by little Barça picked up the thread and became owner of the field, the ball and the chances. At the break, with 0-2, Ancelotti thought and made it worse: he returned Modric to the middle by taking out Mariano, but it occurred to him to defend with three. In two minutes there was a vice goal and a goal. He rectified again and at least the broken one was 0-4.
The match will be remembered. For Xavi it is the consecration, for Barcelona it is the end of the pessimism that was installed when Messi left. There is a good youth generation and a few interesting signings plus a Frenkie de Jong whom Xavi is rehabilitating. Barça has a squad and has a leader on the bench. At Madrid, Ancelotti has left a serious shred of his prestige. Due to Benzema’s absence, the team broke down and the arrangement at half-time increased the damage. The first was a wrong decision, the second was delusional. LaLiga will still win, but neither Florentino nor the fans are going to easily forget this unexpected and unnecessary embarrassment.
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Ancelotti took to roasting the butter