Real Madrid increased the pressure on Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman when they won 2-1 classic At Camp Nou on Sunday.
The win means that Real Madrid leads the League before confronting Real Sociedad with Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona’s bad season continues and ranks eighth on the table.
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“With the ball we were always good and defended well and they didn’t have great chances until the goal in the end,” Thibaut Courtois said after the match.
“We had chances where we didn’t have the final ball or the end. Moving forward was good and then in the end we had to focus more. With two minutes left here with the fans, anything can happen. Good win and important to stay in the table.
“We played a mediocre block, we didn’t want to hold back too much, maybe we did that a little bit in the end. The boss wanted us to go far. When you win here you have to defend the score, that’s also important, don’t get crazy and go to the second or third. It’s important that Be organized and that’s what we did today.”
The two teams were tied for most of the match with chances on both sides but it was David Alaba who opened the scoring.
Barcelona had the opportunity to open the scoring before Alaba’s goal when Sergino Dest, starting in a more advanced role, somehow hit the ball over the bar from close range.
However, it was Real Madrid who benefited from his shots on goal as Alaba broke the scoring in the 32nd minute.
Ancelotti responded side after the expulsion of Memphis Depay. Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo were both involved in the formation before the ball found its way to Alaba, who shot it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the top corner.
Real Madrid played a safe match in the second half, which slowed play and frustrated Barcelona. This tactic worked as Ronald Koeman’s team could not find a loophole.
Lucas Vazquez made the win secure by finishing from close range in the 93rd minute after Real Madrid beat Barcelona on the counter-attack.
Sergio Aguero reduced the difference for Barcelona in the sixth minute of extra time by finishing from close range and assisting the Dest. The goal is his first for Barcelona.
Sunday was Carlo Ancelotti’s first win at the Camp Nou, although he played there for Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Madrid.
The loss is Koeman’s third classic consecutive defeat.