Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: 5 key talking points

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: 5 key talking points

Barcelona winger Malcom’s second-half strike secured a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to leave the Copa del Rey semi-final evenly poised on Wednesday after the first leg at the Nou Camp. 

Real went ahead through Lucas Vazquez in the sixth minute following a brilliant assist from Karim Benzema. Messi came off the Barca bench on 63 minutes but, despite plenty of threat, could not help his side find a winner. Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, curled home in the 58th minute to pull Barcelona level in the high-profile clash.

Here are the five key talking points…

The El Clasico was disappointing

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Yes, this Clasico was disappointing. But does this result guarantee a good return match? With this draw 1-1, Barcelona will be forced to make a result in Santiago Bernabeu to obtain a qualification, and it is safe to bet that Valverde will field his first team to carry out this mission. And that’s all we ask. Because without a real offensive leader, the Blaugrana seemed lost. Upon entering the field in the 63rd minute, Lionel Messi took things in hand and could have scored twice (on a free kick, then from a shot in a closed corner, the 68th minute and 82nd minute. This result promises suspense for the return match, and Clasicos with intensity are often the best. Highly on February 27th!

Coutinho, the torture continues

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It is now absolute transparent that Philippe Coutinho is not at his best. In the absence of Ousmane Dembele, it was Coutinho who accompanied Malcom and Suarez on the front of the attack of Barcelona. Positioned on the left side, the impact of the Brazilian international was totally erased by Real right-back Dani Carvajal. It must also be said that Coutinho did not do much to show himself. Author of an insipid first half, the former Liverpool player timidly tried to worry Navas thereafter, without much success. With this kind of performance from his counterpart, Dembele should quickly regain his position in the team upon his return from injury.

Vinicius shone in his first Clasico

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In the first El Clasico of his football career, Vinicius Junior did not disappoint. Very striking on his left side, the Brazilian alternated between speed and technicality. In the origin of the Madrid goal, he distilled the centre that allowed Benzema to serve Lucas Vazquez (6th minute). Excluding some inaccuracies, he could, have done even better. However, he managed to show that he was a potential threat to be reckoned with. A Real rough diamond, Vinicius should continue to polish in a Madrid workforce where he finds more and more his place alongside Karim Benzema.

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Barca without Messi, a dull story

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Ahead of the classic game, All the talk was over whether Lionel Messi would make it or not. The Argentine eventually appeared from the bench in the 63rd minute and this was the first time he has faced Madrid this season, having been injured for the 5-1 win over them here in October. Once he came on, Madrid played differently, knowing they had to limit the Argentine threat, and this will be a far greater indication of what the second leg will look like. Barcelona fans roared so loudly when Messi entered the fray it sounded like the team had scored, and to tell the truth, his presence is usually worth at least a goal. But without their talisman, Barcelona was a dull prospect all around the field. At that time Madrid’s backline also held pretty comfortably as the home side repeatedly fell short of an incisive final pass.

Marcelo, far from his best

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Now relegated to the bench for the La Liga matches by Santiago Solari, Marcelo had not played a big game for a long time. On Wednesday, we understood why. Nelson Semedo and Malcom made a mouthful of the Brazilian, using speed and splitting for 75 minutes. All the hot chances of Barcelona were from Marcelo’s side in this match. From the 19th minute, when Malcom was on his back for a missed face-off against Keylor Navas, and until the 82nd minute, when Arturo Vidal served Nelson Semedo, and a dangerous strike from Lionel Messi, Marcelo was off-colour. In short, he did everything wrong in defence, and it was not better in the attack also. Renowned for his offensive impact, the lateral did not bring anything. Let’s hope Real that it is Sergio Reguilon who plays the return match.

El Clasico: A rivalry that goes far beyond football

El Clasico: A rivalry that goes far beyond football

If there is a football event that immobilizes the world of sports, it is the El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, monopolizing the attention of more than 650 million viewers worldwide, proving that it is much more than just a football game. 

When German striker Udo Steinberg scored the first two goals of Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Real Madrid on May 13, 1902, at the Hipodromo Stadium in Madrid he did not know he was writing the first chapter of one of the biggest rivalries in world football. The game with 2 thousand fans was for the semi-finals of the Coronation Cup (predecessor of the Copa Del Rey of Spain). More than a century later, Barcelona and Real Madrid, who face each other on Thursday at the same tournament, monopolize the attention of football fans. Spain is divided in front of this classic and nobody is indifferent.

The story begins

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Barcelona was born first, on the initiative of the Swiss athlete Joan Gamper, who arrived on Spanish soil for professional reasons. Months later, Gamper put an ad in a sports magazine to invite all the foreign legion of the city, to be part of a new project. The plan on November 29th, 1899 was baptized with the name of Futbol Club Barcelona.

The city of Madrid would also have its equipment. In February 1900 the Madrid Football Club was constituted, and on 6th of March of 1902 is established officially like Real Madrid. By that time, both clubs played and did not go beyond the normal rivalry between the two teams. In fact, the first time they played officially in 1902, the Catalan team won in the semi-final of the Coronation Cup.

The first controversial transfer

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Striker Josep Samitier Vilalta played an important role in the history between both teams. He is the third top scorer in the history of Barca (333), behind Paulino Alcantara (369), and Argentine Lionel Messi (404), current Blaugrana player. He was one of the great figures and emblem of the Catalan box in which he played for 17 years until he signed for Real Madrid in 1933. The event increased the hostility between the two clubs. With the political situation that surrounded, where a change in regime led to a civil war, the country went through a military dictatorship that reinforced the image of FC Barcelona as a figure of Catalan identity that opposed the Spanish government.

Political problems and 11-1

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In the 1930s, the political situation in Spain became complicated after a regime change that would impose a military dictatorship. Barcelona would reinforce its image as a Catalan identity against the Spanish government that banned all languages except Castilian.

During the dictatorship, a Real Madrid vs Barcelona in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey would be played, the Catalans would win at home 3-0, in a match with insults in the stands against Real Madrid. The return, played in Madrid had the bulging Real Madrid victory 11-1, however, before the match, the Spanish army and police went to the dressing room of the Catalan team to intimidate them.

Fernando de Argila, Barcelona’s goalkeeper, said afterwards that the referee told him,

“Look how the stand is. We cannot allow something to happen here. You already know what you have to do.”

Help of Franco to Real Madrid

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One of the greatest players in history, the Argentine was hired at the same time by Barcelona and Real Madrid. It was not clear which club was the owner of the South American footballer’s rights. The Spanish court ruled that for four years Di Stefano would play each one season in each club. Barcelona refused, considering the absurd decision, and the Argentine turned idol of Madrid.


Santiago Bernabeu, a Francoist soldier, was president of the club at the time of the construction of the monumental stadium (Estadio Santiago Bernabeu) in the Spanish capital in 1947. The country lived a post-war period and Real Madrid was out of money. Even so, the work ended in less than three years, possibly with the help of the central government, done in a hidden way.


Finally, the rivalry still exposes what would be a rather suspicious relationship between the club and the football referees. The wives of the referees received gifts from Real Madrid. The growth of the Madrid club would be a project of Franco to become a propaganda agent of the regime in the rest of the world.

Impact of Johan Cruyff and Michael Laudrup

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On February 17, 1974, Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 0-5 in their own backyard. Johan Cruyff silenced the Bernabeu with his football being decisive of that historical marker. That Barca would win the League again 14 years later.

20 years after the win at the Bernabeu, Johan Cruyff would repeat another 5-0 as Barca coach. The coach changed the philosophy of the club by winning 4 consecutive leagues and the coveted European Cup in Wembley (1992). The “Manita” achieved in the 1993-1994 season was the culmination of a glorious stage with the benches.

A year and a day later, Real Madrid returned the “Manita” in 1994-95. Zamorano, Luis Enrique and Amavisca scored on a historic night that ended with Cruyff’s “Dream Team”. It was the first year of Michael Laudrup in white, who took revenge on his former team. The Whites recovered the League after 4 consecutive League wins of the Catalans.

Luis Enrique and the historic transfer of Luis Figo

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In the summer of 1996, Luis Enrique signed with Barcelona. The Spaniard had not triumphed in the Real house but he managed perfectly with the Barca feeling. As soon as he arrived in Barcelona, he reneged on his Madrid past and was inflated to score goals against his ex-club.

Luis Figo took the opposite path in the year 2000. Florentino Perez reached an agreement with the captain of Barcelona and won the presidential elections of Real Madrid holding the Portuguese hand. The whites paid the clause of 60 million euros to get the star of their biggest rival. In October, Madrid visited Camp Nou and Figo received the “boo” of the century. The fans call him Judas, they threw tickets with his picture.

In 2002 Figo returned to the Camp Nou but this time he decided not to be impressed. The atmosphere was very hostile again and every time he got close to taking the corner, objects of all kinds rained down on him. Among them, a bottle of whiskey and a head of suckling pig. The game was interrupted for a few minutes but it resumed despite the hostility. The score of 0-0 was practically anecdotal.

The Present Era

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Since the turn of the century, the two Spanish giants have won nine of the 17 Champions League titles. They’ve also soaked up all but three La Liga titles since 2001 as the duopoly sinks its hooks deeper into the coffers of Spanish soccer. As two of the dominant sides in Europe, Real and Barcelona have become destinations for the world’s greatest players. Since Figo’s transfer between the two El Clasico rivals in 2000, five of the past six latest world-record transfer fees in the new century have involved players either moving to or from a Spanish club.

There was nothing that guaranteed El Clasico would turn into the biggest rivalry game in the world. Most rivalries in soccer around the globe are predicated on proximity; Barcelona and Madrid are more than 300 miles apart. But they’ve both been good regularly, and at the same time, and that certainly helps build bad blood between two teams.

The combination of a long history of competition against one another, the politics that inevitably come to shape the evolution of particular clubs and fan bases and the fact that the two clubs have historically been perennial contenders have all played a role in developing the rivalry we now know as El Clasico. Keep that in mind when you see the two teams square away in the next edition of a legendary duel.

The Superstars

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El Clasico has always been memorable for the quality of players on display. The likes of Di Stefano, Emilio Butrageuno, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, and of modern times Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, have all graced Clasicos down the years. It is a shame, therefore, that the modern-day Clasico has often been overshadowed by play-acting and simulation from both sides. The soccer seems to have taken a back seat, with the amount of yellow and red cards being the more important statistic. But whilst these two great teams remain rivals, El Clasico, the second-most watched soccer match in the world, will continue to be a spectacle for all.

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Barcelona VS Real Madrid | La Liga, Match Prediction

Barcelona VS Real Madrid | La Liga, Match Prediction

The El Classico is here! Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in this Season’s first El Classico at the Camp Nou. It’s safe to say that 7th Placed Real Madrid are desperate for a win while Barcelona sit on top of the La Liga Table.

Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui will be under the pump as his team face League Leaders Barcelona in a high stakes encounter at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid are in abysmal form, languishing at 7th place in the League standings. The Los Blancos are finding it extremely hard to find the back of the net and the team is going through a Goal drought of some sort. It’s clear that the Spanish Giants miss former Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and speaking of Talisman, Barcelona are without theirs as well. Lionel Messi is out with a Fractured arm.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will definitely go into this game as favourites considering Madrid’s bad form. Even without Lionel Messi Barca should be confident of getting a result.

Team news Barcelona:

Barca are going into this game without Lionel Messi who is sidelined with a fractured arm and could be out for up to 3 weeks. Messi suffered the injury against Sevilla after already contributing with a Goal and an assist. Valverde will also be without Samuel Umtiti who is sidelined with a knee injury and Thomas Vermaelen who is out with a hamstring injury. Barca will be hoping to take advantage of Real’s vulnerabilities despite their injury setbacks.

Predicted XI: Ter Stegen, Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto, Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Suarez, Rafinha

Team news Real Madrid:

Dani Carvajal is still sidelined with a Calf Injury and the Spanish Right-back will most likely be replaced by Compatriot Nacho Fernandez. Young Brazilian Vinicius Jr. has been turning some heads in the Youth level but has been suspended and was sent off against Celta B. Ronaldo will be missed dearly and the fans will be hoping the likes of Bale, Benzema, Modric, and Isco will step up to the occasion and pull their team out of trouble.

Predicted XI: Courtois, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Benzema, Bale

Key Players for Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian has been sensational for Barcelona and in his first Full Season for the Catalan Giants and Valverde will be banking on the Brazilian in Messi’s absence.

Key Players for Real Madrid- Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has been underwhelming this Season and The Madrid fans will be expecting a lot from their Record Signing. The lightning-fast Welshman will be looking to get the better of Jordi Alba.