- El Clasico Barcelona 5 vs 1 eal Madrid 2018-19 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis of El Clasico
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El Clasico Barcelona 5 vs 1 eal Madrid 2018-19 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis of El Clasico


What are they saying? Before the match
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde
"Madrid can be even more dangerous. They will come out here to face us and although they come in crisis will want to demonstrate their strength, which they have because they have great players.
"We must forget about today... I do not trust these situations."

Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui
"We've got a very special game that we're really excited about on Sunday and we'll prepare for it
in the best possible fashion. Marcelo took a really heavy knock, but it doesn't look like it's a muscular issue and we hope that he can be involved".
After the macth
Luis Suarez scores hat-trick as Barcelona humiliate Real Madrid in El Clasico
#1 Barcelona in complete control as Real Madrid cede possession
This Barcelona side may be leading the possession stats in LaLiga this season (65.4%) but Real Madrid aren't too far behind in second place either (64%).
So it came as a surprise when Barcelona had more than 70% possession in the opening stages of the match.
Real's midfield saw Toni Kroos manage to string together a few passes but Luka Modric was largely missing in action during the first half-hour. Barcelona, meanwhile, saw their midfield of Sergio Busquets, Arthur, and Ivan Rakitic dominate proceedings.
As a result, Real merely resorted to long balls at the beginning of the game to seek out Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale.
But Barcelona's high line was up to the task and the only time Marc-Andre ter Stegen was tested was from long-range shots which were quite comfortable saves.

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