4 Things We Learned From Sunday’s Dramatic El Clásico Clash Between Barcelona and Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored a stunning equaliser to cancel out Lionel Messi’s solo goal, as the points were shared in the 271st El Clásico.

The result means Barcelona are still unbeaten in La Liga and remain 15 points clear of Real Madrid, who in turn trail their city rivals Atletico Madrid by three points.

With Real’s Champions League final clash with Liverpool only a matter of weeks away, here are four things we learned from this clash between the two heavyweights of Spanish football..

4. Liverpool Will Feel They Can Get After Real’s Defence

Much has been made of Real Madrid’s continued brilliance under Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League, with Los Blancos seemingly an unstoppable force in European football’s premier cup competition.

Sunday’s clash with Barcelona showed they are still prone to lapses in concentration however, with full-back Nacho evidently lacking match practice. The stand-in for injured regular Dani Carvajal looked uncomfortable at all times, something that is sure to stand Liverpool (and Sadio Mane in particular) good stead ahead of the Champions League final in Kyiv.

The tactic of using a high line proved to be unwise by Roma at Anfield, and on this showing, Real may well have to adapt their way of thinking ahead of their blockbuster meeting with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

3. Gareth Bale Still Has the ‘It’ Factor

Gareth Bale has had a up-and-down career in Madrid since moving from Spurs four years ago, mainly due to injuries rather than form.

The Welshmen’s ability has rarely been called into question, with his match winning abilities clear for all to see. Even when injury free however, Bale has struggled to command a regular place in the starting XI, playing second fiddle to rising sensation Marco Asensio for much of the campaign.

Despite having a minimal impact on proceedings, Bale did what all great players do – conjured up something from nothing, as he lashed home a stunning long range strike.

The 28-year-old clearly still has a lot to offer Madrid, but may find himself on his way should continued interest from Manchester United and Tottenham come to fruition. 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo Picked Up an Injury Scare

Cristiano Ronaldo scored Real Madrid’s first equaliser, but was subsequently taken off at half-time after an apparent injury scare.

Bringing off the Portuguese international was merely a precaution from Zinedine Zidane, with the Real boss confident that his star man will be fit and raring to go for the Champions League final. 

The Portuguese superstar has three weeks to get himself fit, and despite his manager showing confidence on the surface, nails will be bitten until Ronaldo is able to prove his fitness once and for all.

1. Barcelona Look Set to Make History With Unbeaten Record

Barcelona have been unstoppable on the domestic front all season long, having already clinched the La Liga title and Copa Del Rey this campaign.

Ernersto Valverde’s men have lost just one game all season long in all competitions – that famous game against Roma. Now, after avoiding defeat against Real, Barcelona have passed the biggest test in their quest for going the entire La Liga season unbeaten. 

With history beckoning, the Catalan giants will now face Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad in their quest to become ‘Invincible’.

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