Visit Barça! With two victories out of three against the eternal rival of Real Madrid, Barcelona should be able to rest calmly … but wait, not yet. After winning 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu, Barcelona will look to repeat the result on Saturday when they have to face Madrid, this time in the league. Let’s look at the progress of Barcelona in the current campaign, and we look forward to the pending challenges.
Looking back first, we have to play the emphasis victory yesterday. After a first half that was less than stellar, Barcelona ignited the jets in the second half and attacked Real with three goals. Madrid had several opportunities throughout the game, but could not capitalize on any of them. The defense seemed a little out of color, especially in some sets, but ultimately, the allowed goals are the only statistics that matter.
Looking to the offensive end, Ousmane Dembele showed once again why Barcelona paid more than 100 million euros for the teenager: no stage seems too big for the young Frenchman and his mark was on the whole game. By establishing the first and second goals of Suárez, he demonstrated the “X factor” in this Classic. Some will say that a 3-0 victory does not tell the full story of the game, however, Barcelona advances to the final of the Copa del Rey again.
Looking ahead, as mentioned above, there is no time to accumulate laurels in the locker room, Saturday means another game emotionally charged against the Whites, this time looking for a quick revenge after the defeat. Without playing yesterday, it is to be expected that Barcelona can rely on star Samuel Umtiti to return to the lineup.
With all the League having played 25 games, Barcelona sits on top of the table with 57 points; an advantage of seven points over Atlético and nine over Real in the table. If Barcelona is able to emerge victorious again on Saturday, it will have an amazing 12-point lead over Los Blancos with 12 remaining games, a comfortable gap to say the least.
While Atlético de Madrid once again demonstrated why they can never be underestimated with their performance against Juventus in the Champions League, their league form this year has been inconsistent at best. Presenting a possible seven-point gap after the week (especially after the hardest month in Barcelona in February) is something that both the employer and the players can be proud of.