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Barcelona is both good and lucky
by Paul Kennedy, December 11th, 2011 11:33PM
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[REAL MADRID-BARCELONA] The reaction to Barcelona's 3-1 win over Real Madrid was rather ho-hum.

Another clasico -- the record seventh of the year -- and another Barcelona victory. But this one was pretty big.

SUPERIORITY COMPLEX. Instead of Real Madrid going ahead by six points -- plus a game in hand in La Liga -- Barcelona was off on its long flight to Japan for the Club World Cup knowing that it was tied with the return game at the Camp Nou still to play.

"We leave with a good taste in our mouths and we leave with the intention of winning the tournament," said Xavi, who scored the second goal on a deflection off Real defender Marcelo.

Xavi said Barcelona was simply better than Real Madrid despite going behind after Karim Benzema's goal 21 seconds into the game.

"We were very superior to Real Madrid today," Xavi told La Sexta.

THE LUCK FACTOR. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho preferred to see luck as the deciding factor in the game -- Cristiano Ronaldo's failure to convert a couple of chances and the deflection off Marcelo on Xavi's goal.

"That was pure luck," Mourinho said of the Barcelona go-ahead goal. "It was not talent, it was not a mistake, nothing – it was just lucky. At 1-0, we had a chance to make it 2-0 and Cristiano, who's a fantastic player, normally scores those. Then Kaka's shot went wide off [Victor] Valdes, which was lucky, too."

Barcelona's second goal:

A '1' FOR RONALDO. The Madrid press blamed the loss on Ronaldo. "His decision-making was almost always poor," according to Marca. "Cristiano Ronaldo disappeared when Real Madrid needed him," noted As, which gave him a grade of 1 out of 10.

Dec. 10 in Madrid
Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 3. Goals: Benzema 1;  Sanchez 30, Xavi 53, Fabregas 66.
Real Madrid -- Casillas, Coentrao, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Diarra (Khedira 63), Di Maria (Higuain 68), Ozil (Kaka 58), Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
Barcelona -- Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas (Keita 79), Iniesta (Pedro 89), Sanchez (Villa 84), Messi.
Att.: 79,900.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: December 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
    The 'special one' has excuses when his team falls short. He can't face reality that his line-up choice was inexcusable and that Barca was the better team on the day.
  1. Tito Messi
    commented on: December 12, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.
    Mourinho forgot to mention that Real Madrid's goal was "very lucky", due to Victor Valdes bad clear and the subsequent deflection that Benzema put away...I would say that was a "very lucky goal"...The special one will never admit if his team was totally outplayed or not, he is a man of a thousand excuses...Barca has Real Madrid's number, Guardiola always out coaches the special one! hahahahahaha Barca #1
  1. Tito Messi
    commented on: December 12, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
    I heard Ronaldo would love to play alongside Messi...he told a few sources in Portugal, that Messi will make him a "better" player...I agree...Messi makes everyone better around him, Messi should be "the special one"
  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: December 13, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.
    I don't get to see Ronaldo much anymore since he left the EPL, but when I do see him, it looks like he's regressed. Maybe he converts those missed opportunities these days when I'm not watching, but he used to be money in the bank for Sir Alex.
  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: December 13, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
    As far as Mourinho, I agree with what he said. I thought it was a pretty even game. Mourinho seems to have neutralized Barca's ability to create opportunities with the quick, accurate, ground passing game. That being said, Barca is far from a one dimensional team and Alexis' and Fabregas' goals were the result of brilliant efforts from great talents.
  1. Tom Jedrzejewicz
    commented on: December 13, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
    Mourinho was right .. the poor clearance was on a pass to an offside player who was going for the ball. The goal should have been disallowed.

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