TheSportsRush brings 5 stats from the El Clasico: Barcelona emerged 5-1 winners against Real Madrid, but many new records were also made.
It was a night to forget for the men in white, as their disastrous season in the post-Ronaldo era reached a new low at Camp Nou. Barcelona thumped Lopetegui’s side 5-1 on the night when a positive result for Real Madrid’s manager was extremely crucial to his job.
The speculations over Lopetegui had been consistently on the rise before the El Clasico. As Real Madrid suffered a heavy defeat, various Spanish media outlets have now reported that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to replace the Spanish manager.
For Barcelona, however, there couldn’t have been a better result. Valverde’s side had a shaky start to their league campaign, where they went winless for four matches before the recent international break. Barcelona lost Messi to an arm injury during the game against Valencia, but it seemed to have impacted little for the side.
Barca beat Inter Milan and Real Madrid convincingly, and in the process, their players broke and created new records.
5 stats from El Clasico:
Here are some of the best stats from the 239th El Clasico:
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- This is the first time Barcelona have won an El Clasico when Lionel Messi missed the game. The last time Messi was absent for the game was in 2007, where Barcelona lost 1-0.
- VAR was used in an El Clasico for the first time. Luis Suarez was awarded a penalty in the 30th minute, which marked the first VAR decision in the clash between the two rivals.
- Luis Suarez scored a hattrick for Barcelona yesterday – a first by a Barcelona player not named Lionel Messi against Real Madrid since 1994!
- The Uruguayan has scored 9 league goals in El Clasico games, which is the highest among all the players since he joined the club in 2014. A bit saddening that Real Madrid have also dropped to 9th in La Liga after yesterday’s defeat.
- 14 points from 10 games – Real Madrid face their worst start to the season since 2001/02. They recovered well in that season to finish third in the league, though.