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"Isco's performance was impressive but today we could talk about Benzema, Isco, Cristiano or James. It's hard to talk about a star in this match but Benzema is on fire." - Carlo
until he goes mia for another 15 matches,yes.
HATER IN THE HOUSE!
Thought we had it after the Neymar goal, congrats on the victory.

It will be an insane game at the Camp Nou, believe you that!
+1
Given how Barca's defence has been so far, isn't it a scary thought as to how many counters Madrid had today that weren't finished off!! This is one truly scary team and it's a testament to the players and the coach when a team looses players deemed irreplaceable and they still are able to come out on top with a sense that they may in fact be stronger than before.
Barcelona and its fans for some time now wanted the BBC vs MSN and were told that it would be the MSN vs BC and felt that their task was made that much easier due to the absence of the other B, but instead the BBC's manager decided it was best to give them REAL MADRID instead!!! We all saw how that one turned out. Great game today, it was one that we Madrid fans only dreamed of that it was one thing to defeat Barcelona a few seasons ago away on the counter but to see them go ahead and to score 3 unanswered goals through sheer determination was a true breath of fresh air.
+1
You do know that MSN just played their first game together right?
+1
Carlo silenced all the doubters! He is such a great manager.
+4
Truly one of the best in the world. And they (Critics) even dare not to to put him in top 5 of the world. Ridiculas
that feeling that poor Liverpool coming to the white house in two weeks :P
http://31.media.tumblr.com/92673826b3da4165effb187bb4483542/tumblr_n8261kGqOl1sxd7i2o1_400.gif
Does anyone else think this short clip is a good comparison of what has transpired for Real Madrid against Liverpool and Barcelona?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BiLCJxpqi4

At the end, you can substitute the elder with Luis Enrique, and substitute the name "Achilles" with "Real Madrid".
+3
Am here to give around of applause to your team. I have a feelling that which I hope it doest come true. Madrid back to back Uefa champions league. Incredible form beating liverpool then our best barcelona side.
+2
Prior to the match I was a bit worried about Real Madrid's current capability against a competent Barcelona side. This was not so much a case of fearing Barcelona so much as it was my discontent with the structure of Real Madrid's midfield. I felt similarly before travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool as well.

To keep my concerns simple, I perceived Real Madrid's midfield to be incoherent, fragile, and not supportive enough of the defence.

Yet, I've been proven wrong on both occasions. Is the midfield structure starting to take a more solid shape? Is it down to Real Madrid overwhelming the opposition with their offensive capacity, thus, concealing the limitations in midfield? Is it because the midfield frailties are being compensated for by high quality work all across the pitch from everyone?

Maybe a combination of the aforementioned factors and factors that haven't been discussed thus far. Or perhaps I've been too critical and need to reassess my understanding of Carlo Ancelotti's team.

That matters little right now though, right? Barcelona came to the Santiago Bernabeu amid a white storm. It was a very thrilling display of quality, attacking football, something Madridista's haven't been particularly used to in recent years against Barcelona in the Bernabeu.

This post is already getting long so I'll skip out on team dynamics, positives, negatives, and simply give my opinion on a select number of players that stood out for me (everyone did well enough to make things work, but the following players really stood out).

Dani Carvajal - After what many believed to be poor defending on Neymar's goal (I personally think Pepe paved the way for Neymar's go), he completely turned things around and demonstrated not only his ability to competently provide support offensively, but to be a tough-minded, no-nonsense defender at the back as well. What a sudden change.

Marcelo - Anything I say about his offensive performance tonight wouldn't do justice to the onslaught he carried out on that left flank. My goodness, he was tormenting them.

Isco - I've been a strong advocate of Isco since his conversion into a more central player. Last season he displayed his quality against the toughest of Europe's elite, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, by proving to Carlo his willingness to sweat. Tonight he was not at his very best, but good enough to contribute effectively. He makes a strong case of keeping James Rodriguez up front (displacing Gareth Bale), and maintaining his position in the starting 11.

Karim Benzema - In my opinion, a contender for MOTM alongside Marcelo. I've also been a huge proponent of Benzema's contribution and necessity in playing among Real Madrid's front line, and I think tonight was good a night as any other to further show evidence supporting my claims. His touch, physicality, control, intelligence, and his technical understanding of the game, among other attributes, are what make him a complete player in my eyes.

All in all, this win was symbolic, did good for the players' confidence, reduced the gap between Barcelona, and sent a message of intent to the rest of Europe. The score-line was quite flattering for Barcelona.
+4
Controversial
Rm plays better without Bale this season and ISco is in form of his life
+1


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Primera División Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
22
20
3
23
1
1
7
9
1
21
23
10
33
2
0
7
9
2
20
12
8
20
1
2
6
9
3
19
7
8
15
1
1
6
8
4
17
7
7
14
1
2
5
8
5
16
5
11
16
1
4
4
9
6
14
5
7
12
2
2
4
8
7
12
-1
8
7
2
3
3
8
8
11
-1
12
11
3
2
3
8
9
10
-2
11
9
3
4
2
9
10
10
-6
12
6
4
1
3
8
11
9
-1
10
9
3
3
2
8
12
9
-3
10
7
4
3
2
9
13
9
-7
13
6
4
3
2
9
14
8
-6
12
6
5
2
2
9
15
7
-8
19
11
5
1
2
8
16
6
-4
14
10
5
3
1
9
17
5
-8
14
6
4
5
0
9
18
5
-13
21
8
6
2
1
9
19
5
-19
23
4
6
2
1
9
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
9
8
2
10
0
0
3
3
1
3
-1
4
3
2
0
1
3
2
3
-3
5
2
2
0
1
3
3
3
-4
6
2
2
0
1
3
4

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