For the first time since 2009 Barcelona have scored five goals against Real Madrid to thrash their helpless visitor’s 5-1 in a sensational encounter that ensured the Catalans remain on top of the La Liga table while Madrid go down to 10th on the table.
Barcelona were without their talisman Lionel Messi who was injured, but it was Luis Suarez who filled the vacuum and scored a sensational hat-trick to keep the hope of their victory alive after Coutinho opened scoring. Vidal put his name on the scoring sheet with a nod in the 18-Yard-box that sealed victory for the Catalans.
Real Madrid who have failed to record a victory in their last five La Liga games were also without Ronaldo who has started a new stint with Juventus, but there was no one in the squad to replace him. Madrid were obviously helpless and lacked the creativity required to match Barcelona.
Although, Marcelo scored after Suarez put the Catalans in front by 2-0 lead but that goal ended up becoming a consolation goal and probably saved Madrid from suffering another 5-0 defeat after they suffered such defeat in El Clasico at the Camp Nou on November 29, 2010.
It was obvious that Madrid were helpless in the game, as they failed to produce a player who could raise the bar of their game in the absence of Ronaldo to help them to a much needed victory.
Expectations were that the recent big signings in persons of Phillipe Coutinho and Dembele would be the ones to shoulder the burden of the team following Messi’s absence, but it was Suarez who became a thorn on the flesh of Madrid.