5 reasons why Barcelona has dominated El Clasico in recent times
There was an air of inevitability about last night’s El Clasico encounter. The atmosphere was subdued at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, an almost unheard of state of affairs.
It’s not hard to understand why. FC Barcelona’s dominance of football’s greatest rivalry in recent times has been near-flawless.
Whatever the competition; La Liga, Copa Del Rey or even in the UEFA Champions League, the Blaugrana seem to have the number of their Los Merengues rivals.
The statistics are damning for Florentine Perez’s team. In the last five seasons, Real Madrid have only beaten Barca twice at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions
In fact, Barcelona has won all 4 of the most recent El Clasico in Madrid with Madridistas watching in horror. The record at the Camp Nou is slightly better for Madrid as they have won.
Here is a look at 5 reasons why Barca's dominance has become a trend;
#5 Defined Style of Play
Say what you will about Barcelona’s patient passing style but as far as domestic competition is concerned, they have been peerless in recent times.
A large part of this has been down to its style of play. This is something that the players coming through La Masia are made to understand on a daily basis. The players who the club buys are also bought due to their suitability for the “system”.
This is in sharp contrast to the situation at Real Madrid. While the club has always had an attacking ethos, there hasn’t been a defined style of play for the side in ages.
The high turnover of coaches also means that the players have had to adapt to different styles of playing way too often.
This has shown in recent Clasicos whereby Real Madrid huff and puff but Barca’s understanding of their own style has seen the Blue and Red team triumph more than often.
A case in point was Wednesday’s second leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinal. The opening 45 minutes were dominated by Santiago Solari’s men. However, Barcelona took their sweet time getting into their groove. When they did in the second half, they scored 3 unrealized goals in the last 30 minutes.