El Clasico: 5 reasons why Real Madrid lost
A lot of people thoroughly enjoyed it when Barcelona humiliated a 10-man Madrid by beating them 3-0 at the Bernabeu. However, Madrid weren’t entirely terrible as the loss was only the contrast between the two teams’ abilities to take chances or lack thereof. In the end, Madrid have virtually lost the league before Christmas—they are 14 points behind their eternal rivals—and should now look to focus on the other competitions instead.
Here, I try to decipher the 5 reasons why Real Madrid lost out to Barcelona:
#5 Failure to capitalise spell of dominance
This was as apparent as the sun on a clear day. As the Bernabeu were cheering for the home side, things started really well for the Blancos. Mateo Kovacic, who was a surprise inclusion, completely controlled the game with his brilliance.
He was floating around the midfield and connecting the dots—both defensively and offensively—and setting the tempo of the game. His performance allowed all the other midfielders—Casemiro, Modric and Toni Kroos—to play with freedom as they were also often seen making forward runs and playing a role in attack.
The fans were pleased and were hopeful that scoring a goal would only be a matter of time, but it never happened due to the…