Thursday, August 17, 2017

Real Madrid didn’t deserve to beat Barcelona

Barcelona deservedly beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the Bernabeu last night. The first leg semi-final of the Champions League was decided by two superb goals by Argentinean superstar Lionel Messi .

Harsh

The decision to send-off Real Madrid’s Pepe was harsh but Real Madrid deserved nothing better than defeat for their attitude towards the game.

Real boss Jose Mourinho put out a side hoping for a 0-0 or to nick a goal on the break.

Los Blancos started the game with no recognised striker and Cristiano Ronaldo up front on his own. The Portuguese star looked bemused by his bosses first half tactics and was completely ineffective. Mourinho’s tactics may have worked in the past but they didn’t in this clash as Barcelona took advantage of the extra space.

Drama

Everybody involved in Real Madrid claimed that Barcelona were play-acting and making the most of situations. However both sides were just as bad as each other. Both sets of players didn’t cover themselves in glory with their behaviour.

Real and Mourinho like to think that they are king of the mind games but all their mind games came to absolutely nothing. The play-acting nearly ruined the game as a spectacle.

Class

Lionel Messi was one of the few players on the pitch capable of rising above the pettiness and showing some class. He did just that with a typically brilliant Messi strike in the 87th minute and a well taken opener.

Hopefully this game will now be remembered for his brace and not just the ugliness of the rest of the night. These games are decided by players who rise to the occasion and Messi does just that.

Nullify

If Real Madrid had went for the game they may have came out on top. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain could cause any sides defence problems but Mourinho didn’t want to risk Barcelona taking control of the game.

In the end Real started out defensive and still managed to be on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat. Real Madrid will need to overcome the inferiority complex the club have towards the Spanish champions and it was thought that Real had managed to overcome that complex by winning the Copa Del Rey.

Behind

Unfortunately for Los Blancos fans they are still behind their bitter-rivals and will have their work cut out to make it into the final. They will have to win 3-0 at the Nou Camp and stop the home side from scoring.

Real Madrid have a stronger squad than Barcelona but the Catalans have a better team and stronger work ethic. Real Madrid are starting to develop more of a team spirit and next season they could even threaten Barca’s dominance.

Arrogant

I used to really like Jose Mourinho but he is starting to grate on me. He has always managed to get results from his teams and has won trophy after trophy. He has also always got the results to back up his big talking.

However this season his team haven’t been the best in their league and it seems to really irritate him. The ex-Chelsea boss is anything but a good loser and always has his excuses ready. The referee Wolfgang Stark gave him a ready made excuse last night.

Scared

The sending-off however only masked the fact that Real Madrid are still scared of Barcelona. It proves that even the mighty Real Madrid are still not in the same league as their La Liga rivals.

Did Barcelona deserve to beat Real Madrid?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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Chelsea FC Fan
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Chelsea FC Fan

brrrr!…Daam Dave…that was cold…fair assessment…but it just ended cold as ice…haha.

I hate seeing CR play as a lone striker… it messes up everything…you know the defence is going to collapse around him and clog up the middle…playing the wing he can spread the defense out more and create space for his strikers…but what do I know. I can’t recall a good result when CR plays lone striker…it happened in his last season with Man U too…he has mad skills, but is just not as effective alone up front as he is on the wing…

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Auld Super

mourinho is a coward plain and simple. He should have tried to play football last night but instead he’d rather annoy people by kicking Barca and nicking a goal, enemy of football indeed. The guy wants it to be all about him, i just hope he gets sacked and no club employs him so we never have to hear him or watch his awful football ever again…

Skiinny
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Skiinny

what i dont understand is how he didnt play kaka last night after scoring 2 and setting up another 2 over the weekend…complete madness to have a player of that ability to decide matches and not use him

Madrid
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Madrid

Foot Ball involving Barcelona is disgusting and annoying.They deliberately enter the pitch to make the opponent team get annoyed not by playing foot ball but by exaggerating fouls “committed .
Messi and Barcelona are not good side and also they don’t have class,they just have one thing that is the support of UEFA,Sapinsh leage federation and medias like this one.

Madridista
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Madridista
All of you who think Mourino should have played a striker instead of an extra defensive midfielder, really do not watch Puto Barca play in La Liga. Yes, they keep the ball 70% of the time in all three games. But, against most teams Xabi, Iniesta, and Messi keep the ball in front of opposition goalie box 70% of the time. Barca only maintained the ball in their defensive half against los blancos. As for Pedro, Busquets and Alves, if you think this is the way soccer should be played, stop watching and writing about it. The greatest team on… Read more »
TnashM
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TnashM

we have heard the complaints, but we cannot hinge Barca’s dominance on Madrid over the past three seasons on foul play. Objectivity will tell you how much JM plays the other team not the ball but Wednesday was not their day!

cloud
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cloud

go to the official website of Real Madrid, they have a video of the incident, it clearly showed that Pepe did not touch the leg of Dani Alves, but what’s really annoying is when he got out thru a stretcher and then came back on as if nothing happened. Why is it that only Jose’s opinion are wrong, yes, he is arrogant but that’s his psychological game against his opponents. Barcelona should be ashamed of this. I’m starting to believe Jose’s comments about Barcelona being favoured by referees during crucial matches, the videos don’t lie.

cloud
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cloud
Nugent, yes, both teams are ugly, each trying to “over react”, but seeing things as they were the referee should have give a yellow, he could give all the players from both teams yellow cards coz they all deserve it, well, except for Messi, who just played innocently. This is a total disgrace to Spanish football, them, being the World Champions and them having all the players from the national squad comes from Real and Barca. I don’t know if this is possible but a replay of the first leg on neutral ground and closed doors should be played.
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