Real Madrid visited the Camp Nou for the first Clasico of the season as they weren’t able to come out with any points after goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti decided to surprise everyone as he made a few unexpected changes to the starting lineup, leaving everyone wondering how that was going to work out. With Sergio Ramos in midfield, Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, and Karim Benzema on the bench, anything could have happened. The starting lineup consisted of:

Diego Lopez, Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos [C], Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo


Barcelona –
Neymar (19′)
Alexis Sanchez (78′)

Real Madrid –
Jese Rodriguez (91′)

Slow Start To The Game:

As soon as the game started, it was clear that Barcelona seemed more prepared as Real Madrid seemed a little lost and confused during it. With a major change to the starting lineup, it looked as though the players were simply not used to everything yet and needed some time. It wasn’t until the second half until Los Merengues finally seemed to be getting into the game.

Marca Leaked The Lineup?

A day before El Clasico, the lineup was released on Marca as they ‘predicted’ the starting lineup. My question is: How can anyone predict that Sergio Ramos was going to start in midfield? It seems as though someone from inside the club has leaked the starting eleven and Real Madrid really need to find out who exactly did so. Because of the leak, Tata was able to change things around in his tactics incase it was true. I’m not saying that the leak ended up costing us the game, but we could have done a lot better

Gareth Bale:

Gareth Bale made his first start to during his El Clasico debut which I personally think was a bad idea. He is a great player, no doubt, but he isn’t fit enough to start a game this massive. He needed some more time and his performance during the match proved that. With some time, he will be able to improve though and come back to play better than ever.


The Referee:

It is the same story over and over again as Real Madrid had two penalties that should have went their way. The first one was a hand ball by Adriano while the second was an extremely clear push inside the box from Javier Mascherano to Cristiano Ronaldo. Somehow, the referee felt different to everyone else and decided to take Barcelona’s side on the calls. One dayI just hope that we can have a fair referee to take control of a game this big, rather than one who would prefer to take sides. It’s getting ridiculous, really…

Jese Rodriguez:

Even though Real Madrid lost the game, let’s focus on the small positives that have happened and one of them is that Jese Rodriguez was able to score his first ever El Clasico goal after coming onto the pitch as a substitute. Even though he is still young, his skill is very clear for everyone to see. Hopefully he will be able to get more minutes and show Carlo Ancelotti what he is capable of on the pitch.

There Is Still Hope Left:

Real Madrid had the chance of decreasing the deficit but weren’t able to make it happen but it is still extremely early in the season and anything is possible. They just need to concentrate on winning the games and hope that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid can slip up as the season goes on. There is still a lot of time to change things and they will need to improve to make sure that they are able to take advantage of any mistakes by the teams that are ahead of them in La Liga

My Personal Player Ratings:

Diego Lopez: 8/10
Daniel Carvajal: 8/10
Pepe: 7/10
Raphael Varane: 8/10
Marcelo: 7.5/10
Sergio Ramos: 6/10
Sami Khedira: 6.5/10
Angel Di Maria: 7/10
Luka Modric: 7.5/10
Gareth Bale: 6/10
Cristiano Ronaldo: 7.5/10

Karim Benzema: 8/10
Jese Rodriguez: 8/10
Asier Illarramendi: 7.5/10