It was a long time coming, however, Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona last night was the clearest indication of their desire to win their first league title in 4 years. In fact, the last time Madrid beat Barcelona in the famed El Clasico was when Frank Rijkaard was still Barca coach.
Of course the win was not without its sideshows as the Messi-Ronaldo debate reared its ugly head once again. However, this time there was no denying who walked away the better player.
Ronaldo’s 73rd minute goal was his 54th for Madrid this season and one that could prove to be the most important of them all. Madrid are 7 points ahead of Barcelona with 4 games left to play.
Speaking after the match, a delighted Ronaldo expressed just how important the win was for the team.
‘It was a very important goal because it earned the three points for us,’ he said.
‘I have scored the last three games I played here, but the key to the match was the team,’ Ronaldo added.
‘The seven-point lead leaves us in a comfortable position, but we have to remember that the next games are also key. The team is in good shape, on form, happy, filled with desire and aware of its responsibilities.’
Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka who spoke for his boss Jose Mourinho who is yet to break his media silence hailed the Portuguese forward as the best player in the world.
“Ronaldo has given us lots of fantastic moments. For me, he is the best player in the world,” Karanka said.
“There are still games and points to play for. Mourinho and the players are all happy, but we are also thinking now of the Champions League.”
Madrid prepare to host Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday in a return leg fixture of their shocking 2-1 loss last week. Los Blancos will no doubt be oozing confidence ahead of this fixture as they look to make it to the finals of the tournament for the first time in 10 years.