BENZEMA AND KROSS DENTS BLAUGRANA’S TITLE ASPIRATIONS
As soon as Ilaix Moria shot came of the post, Real Madrid’s players swung into jubilation whilst Barcelona were left devastated
Both rejuvenated side went into these contest beaming with confidence: The Blaugrana had gone 19 games without testing defeat prior to this contest, whilst Real Madrid have been in rich vain of form with Benzema turning clutch in big games since Ronaldo departed for Juventus.
Within the first half an hour, the contest was threatening to turn into a mauling with Barcelona the unfortunate recipient. The first goal came in the 14th minutes with a confident backheel from Benzema into Ter stegen’s near post. This was the French man’s seventh goal in nine games.
The second goal came via a Toni Kross freekick; the German has been in scantilating form lately; his goal was aided by some school boy defending by Sergino Dest: the American international turning his back just when Kross was about to shot was bewildering and the opening in the wall was highly unacceptable.
Real Madrid missing three out of four first choice center back faired relatively well against Messi and his cohorts.
Ronald Koeman’s side lack of spark in attack was made possible by cutting the connection between Alba and Messi. Vinicius Junior was instructed to occasionally drift towards the right of Benzema inorder to pin back the marauding Spaniard. Exploiting Pedri’s lack of positional awareness also worked to great effect, too.
Barcelona tried staging a second half onslaught, albeit halfing the deficit, there by creating a tense finale. A late sending off of Casemiro couldn’t help turn the tie on its head.
Madrid head to Anfield with gusto and sheer arrogance.
One this is certain: Los Merengues are heading for the double, doubt them at your own peril.Read Also: MANCHESTER UNITED – HARRY KANE UNSURE OF SPURS FUTURE