The fact that Barcelona and Real Madrid love to outdo each other but last evening just proved to be just ridiculous.
The last evening in La Liga showcased the downfall of Blancos and Catalans. Barcelona faltered to a reprehensible 2-1 defeat at humble Leganes followed by the downfall of Real Madrid by 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sevilla. Both the teams royally blew their chance to move at the top of the table, crushing their rivals.
Whereas both Sevilla and Leganes churned out outstanding, electrifying performances and totally deserve the credit for their remarkable wins against Spain’s leading two.
But the floppy performance offered by Madrid and Barcelona—beaten on the very same day for the first time after January 4, 2015—were impressive in their own unique way.
On that particular day, Barcelona was defeated at Real Sociedad, a loss that eventually triggered the beginning of their charge towards the treble and sent shockwaves through the club.
However, the sad thing about this defeat is that it was too predictable.
Resting Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez, Ernesto Valverde chose Thomas Vermaelen and Munir El Haddadi and it had obviously distressed the team’s performance.
The coach, unsatisfied with his detrimental changes against Girona, rotated again and paid the price.
With Munir not yet prepared to step in Suarez’s boots, Blanco’s gang doesn’t look primed enough to endure the alterations.
Philippe Coutinho put Barcelona at the forefront with a technically flawless barrage, the visitors were dumbfounded by a second-half double from Oscar Rodriguez and Nabil El Zhar in a matter of 68 seconds.
Veramelen made the grave mistake of not seizing former Liverpool winger El Zhar for the first goal and Gerard Pique added the second on as Blancos continued to exhibit lack of spine.
To worsen the matters, Valverde’s switches didn’t make any difference either. Instead of making like-for-like swaps, the coach struggled to change Valverde’s system during the game.
Barcelona’s feat was flaccid and apart from pushing a first-rate double save-out of Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar, they never looked like attempting to make their way back into the game.
Madrid’s defeat was more severe along the lines of the scoreline, however, in Sevilla they confronted more high-class and motivated opponents that attacked relentlessly.
A defence line with Sergio Ramos and Marcelo will never be too secure and Andre Silva uncovered its infirmities by scoring two goals in 4 minutes.
Once touted as his heir in the national team by Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese forward was not heeded as he sent Andalusians whooshing into a two-goal lead prior to the energetic Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
After Gareth Bale hit the post, Wissam Ben Yedder’s third sent Sevilla further ahead.
Despite the extent of the scoreline, Madrid’s feat exceeded than Barcelona’s in the Spanish capital, yet it will still be considered as a lost opportunity, whilst they sit behind their archenemies at the top of the table on goal difference.
It also pressurizes coach Julen Lopetegui before Saturday’s match clash with Atletico Madrid, who could go top themselves but only with the right combination of results.
Although Real Madrid may have a new coach, the story remains the same, sixth loss in seven league games at Sevilla’s historic stadium.
On this embarrassing night, both Barcelona and Real Madrid displayed that La Liga is wider than it has been for years.