This Sunday, Barcelona beat Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabéu, by 4-0, and are already third in the Spanish league, with a second place already very close.
The Catalans’ 29th-round win snaps a series of five Spanish football classics that have ended up leaning towards the current leaders, who, despite tonight’s loss, are comfortably ahead with 66 points.
The fight for second place is in full swing, after another misstep by vice-leaders Sevilla, who earlier drew at home with Real Sociedad. The Andalusians have 57 points, three more than Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, with the Catalans having one game less.
In Madrid, Barça confirmed to be completely transformed, for the better, compared to the start of the season.
The French Ousmane Dembelé was decisive in the first half, with an assist for the goal of the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29 minutes) and with the corner which led to the goal scored by the Uruguayan Ronald Araujo (38 minutes) .
In the second half, the visitors were fired up for the rout, with two more goals from Ferran Torres (49) and Aubameyang, again (53). Fans were still chanting asking for “manita”, which didn’t come.
For the Barcelona coach, this is a prestigious success, especially since the 12 points behind his rivals seem inaccessible. But there is growing evidence that the future is bright and Messi’s departure is over after eight months.
Real Madrid can complain about the absence of Karim Benzema with a left leg injury – without the Frenchman in the game everything is different, for the worse. Since January 2, Real had not lost in the league, when it was stopped by Getafe, by 1-0.
Clearly in morale, the Catalans came out of a triumph in Istanbul, with a qualification for the “quarters” of the Europa League, being this the fifth consecutive match to win, in the league.
After three years in the spotlight, it seems from what has been seen in recent weeks that Barcelona are truly back and can start dreaming.
The match at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán ended scoreless, as Real Sociedad visited Sevilla. The hosts are slowly losing points – four draws in the last five games.
Sevilla are still on the second floor, but on this floor they will hardly avoid being overtaken by champions Atlético and Barça, the teams with the best results streak last week.