Karim Benzema’s record making goal was not enough to keep Madrid’s impressive home record intact as Los Blancos suffered a 3-1 home defeat to arch rivals Barcelona last night.
The win saw the Catalans pip Madrid into first place although both clubs remain level on 37 points. Interesting to see how Barca’s win sparked the never ending debate between Ronaldo and Messi and after last night’s performance, the Argentine firmly cemented his place as the favourite for the coveted FIFA Ballon d’ Or award.
However, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has attributes Barca’s win to luck and thought that Messi should hae been sent off.
“The first-half was balanced, but the goal in second half was pure luck and nothing more. It is not a matter of talent or a failure,” Mourinho said.
“Luck plays a part. With the 1-0, we should have gone 2-0 up, which under normal circumstances we would have, because Cristiano [Ronaldo] normally puts the ball inside [the goal].”
Mourinho who tasted defeat in front of his home fans for the first time since 23 February 2002 when Madrid lost to Sporting Gijon earlier in the year, is definitely finding this latest setback hard to take in.
So for a manager who is not used to losing, his reaction is very understandable. Things get even harder fro Les Merengues as they prepare to take on Sevilla in a week’s time.
It is also worht noting that Madrid have a game in hand over Barcelona so a win over Sevilla could restore them to 1 st position .
Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas who was also on the score sheet last night has spoken out on the delight of winning beating Madrid. The midfielder is becoming an integral part of Guardiola’s success formula with every match he plays and should expect to play a lot more games after his performances last night.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Fabregas said that the win signified a very special day for him.
“It’s a very special day for me. The first half was tough but in the second we played a great match,” Fabregas said.
“We played with three defenders for around 70 minutes and to do this and win at the Bernabeu says a lot about this team.”
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