Barca simply the best after Real rout

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

 

Xavi and Lionel Messi were both instrumental in the destruction of Real

Xavi and Lionel Messi were both instrumental in the destruction of Real

It was said that Monday night’s game at Camp Nou – hyped like few other domestic league ties in the history of the game – would settle two raging debates: who are the best team in the world, and who is the best player in the world? If this solitary match could be said to be decisive in that regard, then the judgement was emphatic. It left no room whatsoever for argument.

Barcelona, conducted magisterially by Xavi and Andres Iniesta – the Lennon and McCartney of midfield double acts – and led on the frontline by the clinical talents of Lionel Messi and David Villa, ran riot against Real, inflicting a career-worst defeat on Jose Mourinho – the man recruited by Real this summer to break down Barca’s domestic hegemony after he ended their European supremacy at Inter Milan. Read more of this post

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Mourinho hit with ban

Jose Mourinho is sent off during the game against Real Murcia

Jose Mourinho is sent off during the game against Real Murcia

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been handed a two-match touchline ban following his dismissal during his side’s 5-1 Copa del Rey win over Real Murcia on Wednesday.

Mourinho was sent from the dugout in the 38th minute for protesting too much to referee Jose Luis Paradas Romero.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has responded by banning him for two matches, meaning he will be absent from the dugout for this Sunday’s Primera Division trip to Sporting Gijon and the following Saturday’s clash with Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu. Read more of this post

Barca and Real agree Monday night Clasico date

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner when Barcelona beat Real at the Nou Camp in last season's Clasico

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner when Barcelona beat Real at the Nou Camp in last season's Clasico

The first ‘Clasico’ of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place on a Monday night, the Spanish league has confirmed.

The two heavyweights will meet at the Nou Camp on November 29 to avoid a clash with the Catalan elections which take place in Barcelona a day earlier.

A statement on Real’s official website confirmed the news. It read: “The football league has announced the matchday 13 clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on November 29 at 2100 local time.

“This is due to the 13th round coinciding with the elections for the parliament of Catalonia and the security problems that would create.” Read more of this post

Mourinho: Murcia game the biggest of Real’s season

Jose Mourinho will give Karim Benzema a chance to impress against Murcia

Jose Mourinho will give Karim Benzema a chance to impress against Murcia

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has described his side’s Copa del Rey clash against Murcia as “the most important game in the season so far” because of the risk of Los Blancos‘ exiting the competition, which they have not won since 1993.

Mourinho has guided Real through a period of 15 matches without defeat this season and is determined to preserve that unbeaten record against Murcia.

But the former Inter Milan manager is fully aware of the dangers presented by cup matches, having seen Manuel Pellegrini’s Real fall to an embarrassing exit to Segunda Division B minnows Alcocorn last season.

“Our match against Murcia is the most important game in the season so far because it is the only one that could make us lose a championship,” Mourinho told the press at the Bernabeu ahead of the match.

“Losing one game in the Champions League is alright because there are five more to play. Losing one in La Liga is also okay because 37 remain. This match is even more decisive given the bad result we earned in the first leg. Read more of this post

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