The title will almost certainly go to Real Madrid at the end of the season. However, the message has been given for next season: with Xavi in charge, Barcelona have regained ‘culé’ pride and ‘blaugrana’ quality.
With a 15-point lead over the Catalans and ten over second-placed Sevilla, who drew this round at home, the madridistas welcomed their chronic rival in good time – five straight wins – but the Santiago Bernabéu ended up to sell. Barcelona. With Pierre Aubameyang asserting himself as a luxury reinforcement – seven games and seven goals for the Gabonese – the Catalans fought back in the derby (4-0) and left Madrid with high self-esteem.
Shortly after Sevilla drew Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with Real Sociedad, Real Madrid started the Spanish football derby with the chance to enter the last eight with a 12-point lead over the main chaser. , but Madrid’s comfortable advantage ended up being an asset for Barcelona.
With Catalan pride at stake, Xavi’s side weathered the early stages of a slight Real supremacy and then continued to put on a quality display. Almost completely dominating, Barcelona took the lead at 29′, thanks to a goal from Aubameyang, and nine minutes later Ronald Araújo made it 0-2.
Without an injured Benzema, Real’s players always looked lost on the pitch and just two minutes after the break, Ferrán Torres netted the Catalans’ third and virtually ended the game.
At the break, Ancelotti had tried to react by exchanging Kroos and Carvajal against Camavinga and Mariano Díaz, but, at 53′, Barcelona were already beaten, with Aubameyang’s double, which closed the score with a resounding 4-0 for Barcelona.