Barcelona won 3-0 on 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to leave the La Liga and the Champions League holders 14 points behind in the Spanish Liga title race.
Back in August he last time these two teams met, Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué admitted feeling inferior to Madrid. How things change…. Twenty-five games have passed since, Barcelona have lost none and by the close here the superiority was theirs, imposed almost by stealth, bit by bit until it was complete.
“It’s a defeat that hurts,” Zidane said. “They were sunk [in August], people said; tomorrow, we’re the ones that are ‘sunk’. We accept that, that’s football. We’re pissed off but Madrid never surrender, no matter what. People can think the league is over but I don’t think so and I don’t think the opposition coach thinks so either.”
Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Kovacic, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Theo, Lucas V., Asensio, Isco
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Paulinho, Suarez and Messi
Subs: Cillessen, N.Semedo, Denis Suárez, Mascherano, Digne, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal