Now every football fan will accept that FC Barcelona has changed a lot under their new manager Xavi Hernadez. The Spanish legend just needed 134 days to take the team to new heights from their embarrassing position under Ronald Koeman. The latest thumping win at Santiago Bernabeu was a statement from the club to show that club is coming back more vital than ever.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a brace in a 4-0 win in El Clasico as Barcelona inflicted a damaging defeat on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Barcelona extended their winning streak in La Liga to five games and continued to control their destiny in the Top 4 race thanks to the memorable 4-0 win away to Real Madrid in El Clasico. Barca were sublime from start to finish, utterly dominated and made the best team in Spain look helpless and will go into the international break third in the table and look simply unstoppable.
While Carlo Ancelotti’s side started well, they fell behind just before the half-hour mark when Aubameyang got ahead of Eder Militao to glance home an Ousmane Dembele cross into the box.
Ronald Araujo doubled Barca’s advantage less than 10 minutes later, with the Uruguayan defender rising highest from a corner kick to power a header past Thibaut Courtois.
Ferran Torres added his name to the score sheet three minutes into the second half, finishing high into the roof of the net after a clever back-heel flick by Aubameyang to set up his teammate.
Aubameyang scored his second and Barcelona’s fifth after 51 minutes, but only after his chipped finish had been disallowed for offside. VAR was used. The Gabonese international was indeed onside when played through, and the goal stood.
The victory, their first over Madrid since 2019, moves Barcelona back up to third place in LaLiga and now only behind second-placed Sevilla by three points, with a game in hand.
Barcelona had lost their last five Clasicos, four in La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup clash in January, their worst run in the fixture since the 1960s.
After his Barcelona side produced a first Clasico victory in seven attempts – they had lost their last five meetings – Xavi Hernandez said: “We’re very happy, very satisfied for all the Barca supporters.
“The meaning of this victory, I think it can change, more or less, the dynamics of the present and also of the future. That’s the first thing I want to say. As far as the game, we had understood that Modric and Kroos were out, and we looked for the backs of the interior players of Real Madrid.”