El Clásico was a nightmare for Real Madrid, losing (5-1) the game and the moral in the worse scenario possible. The terrible season led until Camp Nou and the rival was very cruel with Los Blancos, completely overwhelmed by Barça, even without Leo Messi. This is the end of Julen Lopetegui as a Real Madrid coach, perhaps not the only guilty, but unable to handle this situation.
Even the list and the line-up didn’t make sense. Real Madrid battle for Vinicius Junior to travel, after being sent off in the last match with Castilla. The Brazilian went to Barcelona but Lopetegui decided to leave him out of the list. Carvajal couldn’t play and, instead of including Odriozola, who was signed as Dani’s replacement, Nacho was the right back. He did terrible mistakes during the game.
Actually, the first goal came from his side. Jordi Alba was very comfortable in the first half, flying for Nacho’s territory. He assisted Coutinho, who didn’t miss in the 11th. Los Blancos didn’t react and didn’t have the ball, in the worst first half that someone can remember at Camp Nou. Varane committed another mistake -how many this season?- and Luis Suárez converted the penalty, after VAR consulting. It was a 2-0 before the half time.
At least, Los Blancos reacted in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Varane, injured, was substituted by Lucas Vázquez and Real Madrid played with three full backs and Marcelo and Lucas as wingers. The pressure starting higher, and Marcelo found the net in the 51st. The left back has scored 3 out of the last 4 games of Los Blancos. Something that should be reviewed. Luka Modric could draw the game but his shot found the post. Even Benzema or Sergio Ramos with headers could have balanced the game.
But Barcelona was a better team and they punished Los Blancos. Luis Suárez closed the game in the 75th minute with a great header and only 7 minutes later made his hat-trick after a terrible mistake of Sergio Ramos. Arturo Vidal closed the scoreboard in a dramatic end. Lopetegui’s era is over and he should be sacked on Monday. Antonio Conte is arriving to put some order in the worst moment of the club in the last year.