El clasico 2010 – the shame of Real Madrid

November 30, 2010

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid is probably the biggest fixture of the year worldwide, and while it always has a huge build-up it is sometimes quite a let down.

That wasn’t the case last night though, particularly if you are a Barça fan. While the Catalans came on to play the beautiful game, the visitors showed what happens when you hire a bunch of expensive thugs who have no idea what sportsmanship is.

And that was nowhere better demonstrated by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was bought for talent that he can never show when the odds are too high and behaves like a petulant prima dona when things don’t go his way.

Such as when he took the ball from Pep Guardiola and pushed him back around 30 minutes in – honestly, I know tensions run high but was that in any way necessary. I’m not condoning violence at football matches, but if I’d been in Guardiola’s place I think I would have decked him.

Okay, so now I have that off my chest….

It was a pretty miserable night from the point of view of the weather – cold and raining and nobody likes much to be out in that, but support for Barça – particularly on a Monday night – was outstanding. Perhaps it was something to do with the Catalan elections on Sunday, perhaps it was simply the event itself, but people were going out of their way to ignore the rain as best they could and support Barcelona.

The team went on with one intention – to beat Real Madrid, and they showed how intent they were to do that from the start. Messi came close in minute six, but Xavi put an Iniesta assist into the goal just four minutes later to open up the scoring. Seven minutes later it was Villa’s pass to Pedro that put the hosts 2-0 up.

That’s when Real Madrid really started to show how nasty they can be, with Ronaldo’s push of Guardiola at around the half hour mark. That earned him a yellow card, but the scuffles on pitch afterwards looked like the ref might start showing the red. In the end it was only Victor Valdes who earned a yellow.

A few minutes later when Valdes tangled directly with Ronaldo in the Barça area it looked like the visitors would be awarded a penalty. When it wasn’t given, Valdes just laughed in the face of his opponent. And what happened at the end of the first half? Leo Messi was clearly elbowed in the face, but it was him that was shown the yellow card!

After the break there was no let up for Barça. In the 54th minute David Villa scored his first; and three minutes later he did it again! Did I imagine it or had Jose Mourinho said that Villa can’t score??!!.. Oh yeah? Mourinho’s sour look on the bench told a story – his face had been well and truly rubbed in the dirt.

4-0 good enough for Barça? Not when it can be 5-0, as Jeffren made it right at the end. And when the stadium was just waiting for the fat lady, Ramos was shown a red for completely unnecessary behaviour and started pushing Puyol, Xavi and other players around. Umm… aren’t you supposed to be team mates in the Spanish selection, Ramos?

At 63% possession, Barça looked like they were playing a second rate team, not against so-called galacticos, thereby leapfrogging them in the league.

Conclusion?

Barça walked all over Madrid in the first half and after scoring the first two goals they simply tried dirty play to put Barça off their stride and break their flow. Real Madrid – you really ought to be ashamed. At least Jose Mourinho was suitably humbled after the match and said that Barça deserved to win.

And man of the match – definitely Cristiano Ronaldo, but for all the wrong reasons. He is a disgrace.

1-0, Xavi (min 10)
2-0, Pedro (min 17)
3-0, Villa (min 54)
4-0, Villa (min 57)
5-0, Jeffren (min 91)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
13
11
1
1
38
8
34
2
Real Madrid
13
10
2
1
33
11
32
3
Villarreal
13
8
3
2
26
12
27
4
Espanyol
13
8
1
4
15
15
25
5
Valencia
13
7
3
3
19
13
24
6
Mallorca
13
6
3
4
15
13
21
7
Atlético Madrid
13
6
2
5
22
17
20
8
Sevilla
13
6
2
5
20
22
20
9
Real Sociedad
13
6
1
6
19
19
19
10
Athletic Bilbao
13
6
1
6
21
23
19
11
Getafe
13
5
2
6
19
20
17
12
Osasuna
13
4
3
6
12
14
15
13
Hércules
13
4
3
6
14
20
15
14
Deportivo
13
3
5
4
11
16
14
15
Racing Santander
13
4
2
7
11
19
14
16
Levante
13
3
2
8
14
23
11
17
Sporting Gijón
13
2
4
7
11
21
10
18
Málaga
13
3
1
9
15
27
10
19
Almería
13
1
6
6
9
20
9
20
Zaragoza
13
1
5
7
12
23
8

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13 Comments

  • Bandy says:

    Last night I witnessed the most comprehensive performance of any team I have ever seen. It was an absolute pleasure. The trio of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta were quite simply spellbinding.

  • Pete Hope says:

    typical mourinho tactics, hype the players up to be physical to unsettle barcas football – it mis fired coz barca let the football do the talking!

  • robert seed says:

    A pleasure to watch, snow here wish i was there

    What tallant barca have i never like ronaldo

    reguards robert

  • Yair haham says:

    It was absolutely one of the best magical moent in football planet ever!!
    Thanks B A R C A!!

  • Amjad Kiawu says:

    I think from my vew F.c Barcelonal is more tham a club.And barcelonal can demoished any football club any time and as many as possible.

  • brian garvey says:

    it is plain to see that madrid are a bunch of primo domos and ronaldo the bigst if he had stayed at manchester united people would still be going on about him but when he came to the land of beautiful football and how it should be played he was found out what a disgrace he was last night for any young kids watching a nobody would sum him up Barca 5 – 0 Ronaldo and the special one

  • Kate says:

    Last night just showed the difference between a bunch of pro players, and a pro team. Real Madrid has a lot of amazing talent, but they don’t know how to work together, which is why Barca was able to march all over them, particularly Xavi, Messi, and Villa. Though does anyone know if Messi is okay? I mean yeah he walked off at the end, but they took off his shin guard and where looking at his leg, just want to make sure Diarra and Ramos didn’t do any permanent damage.

  • I haven’t seen any mention of Messi’s injury, so hopefully all ok.

  • Thila says:

    Frustration was too clear on Real’s camp. There was definitely no sportsmanship or professionalism shown by them. The team effort with no individual greed made Barca win with style!

  • fahredin says:

    I am fan for over 15 years ,this game was the most beautifull i have seen before…
    ole BARCA!

  • D.j. Lamex says:

    This shows that Real Madrid are not a big team. the new El Clasico now is between Barca and Valencia because Barca are too much for Real Madrid to handle..

  • Steven Laird says:

    Thanks to everyone at Simply Barcelona Tickets for an unforgetable trip, everything from ticket pick up point to location of tickets ( only 4 rows from front behind goal) was spot on, and what about that performance from Barca-simply mesmerising,cannot wait to return.

  • Brian Kelly says:

    I have been watching BARCA’S every match since
    I had satilight installed three years ago I enjoy every game but
    none more than the humiliation of Real Madrid
    and their special one as he classes himself.Was Ronaldo playing.I did notice him until he pushed Pep Guardiola at least that got him noticed I enjoy every game the football is a dream to see.
    Up Barca.