Morale boost ahead of Champions League clash

February 22, 2010

Barcelona pushed five points clear of Madrid for the space of 24 hours, after which Real Madrid closed up the gap and showed they were serious contenders too.

After FC Barcelona’s 4-0 victory against Racing de Santander on Saturday they could be forgiven for giving themselves a pat on the back; that is, until Real Madrid’s 6-2 win against Villarreal the following day.

Barça face Stuttgart on Tuesday and so had no break from training yesterday. They’ll be hoping for a better result than than Madrid last week but this morale boosting win will give them some encouragement against the German side, which beat Cologne 5-1 at the weekend and so is no slouch.

1-0 Iniesta (min 6)
2-0 Henry (min 29)
3-0 Márquez (min 34)
4-0 Thiago (min 84)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
23
18
4
1
57
13
58
2
Real Madrid
23
18
2
3
59
16
56
3
Valencia
22
12
7
3
39
19
43
4
Sevilla
23
13
3
7
36
25
42
5
Deportivo
23
11
5
7
26
25
38
6
Mallorca
23
11
4
8
36
27
37
7
Athletic Bilbao
23
11
3
9
32
30
36
8
Getafe
22
10
2
10
30
28
32
9
Osasuna
23
8
6
9
22
23
30
10
Villarreal
23
8
5
10
35
37
29
11
Sporting Gijón
23
7
7
9
25
27
28
12
Málaga
23
6
9
8
28
27
27
13
Atlético Madrid
23
7
6
10
33
36
27
14
Almería
23
6
8
9
25
33
26
15
Espanyol
23
7
5
11
17
31
26
16
Racing Santander
23
6
7
10
24
35
25
17
Zaragoza
23
5
6
12
27
47
21
18
Valladolid
23
3
11
9
26
40
20
19
Tenerife
23
5
5
13
19
44
20
20
Xerez
23
2
5
17
13
43
11

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