The first El Clasico of the season has just been concluded at the Camp Nou and the home side reigned supreme over their eternal rivals. Madrid were with their woes before this game but conceding 5 goals is always shocking for a club like the Galacticos.


With this loss, the Blancos find themselves at 9th with just 14 points from 10 games while the Catalans lead the table with 21 from 10. Here are the talking points from the game…

Madrid lacking the spark they had in Ronaldo 

It is crystal clear that Real Madrid are missing their talisman, looking at today's game closely, it is very obvious that the attacking prowess hasn't been there one we have known it to be. Gareth bale and Karim Benzema did little to trouble the Barcelona defence. 

Since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid 

Real Madrid..

- Won: 6 

- Draws: 3 

- Lost: 5 


Juventus: 


 


Juventus: 


- Won: 12

- Draws: 1

- Lost: 0 

Before the October international break, Real Madrid went on a four match streak without scoring, it is obvious that the void left by Cristiano is being felt. 

Real Madrid are in shambles

 Julen Loptegui’s men are in shambles right now. They have lost their last three league matches and there seems to be no motivation left in the players.


They might have played well for the first 15 minutes of the second half but the lack the spark with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema doing a little to disturb the Barcelona defence 



 The terrible Benzema


Karim Benzema is perhaps the weakest link in Madrid’s line-up. All these years, his most ardent fans defended him for his selfless role to bring the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.


However, if this season is any indication, it was the Portuguese that was carrying him all along. He had many chances to score against the Catalans throughout the match. A decent striker would have gotten a brace at least.


Impressive Ousmane Dembele 


Barcelona fans might not have completely warmed to Ousmane Dembele. He is still a player who is not as consistent as he should be but make no mistake here, the Frenchman is the real deal.


Madrid were pushing to equalize before the former Dortmund player came in, was involved in Barcelona’s third goal and then gave an assist for Arturo Vidal’s goal.


Scoreline didn't show the truth of the game 


Barcelona might have scored five goals, but if anyone followed the match with a keen eye, they would know that the Blaugrana are an easy cracked unit themselves.


They could have killed the game off in the first half itself but Rafinha and Suarez made a complete mess of two great assisting chances. The Galacticos also broke their defence a lot of times in the second half but their poor finishing let them down.


A better bunch of forwards could have possibly punished the Catalans today.


 Perez’s fault more apparent


People will blame Julen Lopetegui in the situation that Madrid find themselves in right now and maybe, just maybe, the right thing would be to sack him since he hasn’t been able to good out of the players into getting results. 


However, Florentino Perez should share the larger part of the blame. The Los Blancos were already short in the attacking department and instead of strengthening it, Perez decided to sell their talisman , Cristiano Ronaldo.


The worst part? They didn’t sign anyone to replace him.


©Oladuji Tofunmi