Not much could have gone wrong for Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu. The Catalans defended poorly at the night but had the final laugh as they won against a 10 man Real Madrid.
Any win against Real Madrid has a special aura about it for the Spanish club. However, the manner with which they must have sweetened the feeling even more.
As far as their manager Luis Enrique goes, it was his last El Classico as a Barcelona coach; and he bid it a farewell with a win.
Gargantum morale booster
The manager lauded his fans and impressed upon the importance of winning against a team like Real Madrid who are in red-hot form at the moment.
Luis Enrique said: “These are demanding games that require maximum physical and mental preparation. The fact that we made it 3–2 in the 92nd minute makes it a gargantuan morale booster.”
One special performance of the night came from Barcelona’s greatest, Lionel Messi. The Argentine blossomed as he scored a brace to put Barcelona back in the title hunt.
His departing manager was full of praise for the little magician. The 5-times Ballon d’Or winner also scored his 500th goal for Barcelona in the weekend.
The former AS Roma manager said: “Messi always generates an imbalance in the middle field and we tried to get him involved as much as possible. It might be more difficult in the middle of the fields because of the density of players.
“To allow him to participate, we have to keep players on the defensive line. He scored his 500th goal here in the 92nd minute, and the fact that it won the game will be a beautiful milestone for Barça.”