The Blaugrana went against Los Blancos in El Clasico, which is European football’s most iconic fixture. However, the host were defeated 2-1 at Camp Nou.
are sitting top of the La Liga table now, ahead of Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Osasuna.Barcelona
, on the other hand, are sitting eighth on the table, falling three points adrift of Atletico Madrid and five points behind the leaders.
Real Madrid took the lead 32 minutes into the game through
, who scored a stunning goal from the left side.
They doubled their lead courtesy of
’s goal in the 94th minute but Barca were half way there in closing the gap through
, who netted his first ever Barcelona goal on Sunday.
It’s true that we were good in the first half, we controlled the game well,”
Ronald Koeman said post-match in comments carried by
“We had a great opportunity to get ahead on the scoreboard. But in the second half, they did their thing and defended well. We couldn’t create danger.
“With their counterattack, you have to be vigilant. The team did their best to draw level, even at 2-1. I’m disappointed with the result but not by what we’ve done as a team.
“In a Clasico, defeat means more than losing three points. But there’s no time to be down. On Wednesday we play another game. We have no choice but to get up. Today we can be sad, but beginning tomorrow we have to prepare for Wednesday.
“The players, like everyone connected to Barcelona, are disappointed with the final result. It has to be like this. But we must also analyse what we’ve done well, and we had the help of the public. But there’s no time to lower our arms and give up.
“[An improvement] has to be demanded, of course. I understand the frustration of the people. But today we’ve shown that we’re not inferior to Real Madrid. If we had went 1-0 up instead of going 1-0 down, everything would have changed.”
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