At the end of a fascinating match, who do you think was the game changer? Xavi or Luis Suarez? Despite being in such opposite positions, the Argentine has managed to score a brace and set up several others, which led to the deserved 1-0 win for Barcelona. Barcelona dominated the first half and deservedly went into the break 4-0 up. The first goal came from Pedro, who finished a fine thread-needle through ball from Iniesta. Madrid fought back and equalised, but not before Messi scored two goals, the first coming after Madrid were reduced to ten men.
Barcelona’s attacking play has been sensational in recent weeks and their striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been crucial. The team has scored four goals in five matches, only going goalless once since early December. Against Madrid, Barca’s pressing was relentless and the players were in sync. Aubameyang has scored nine goals in his last 11 matches for Barca, making him the game changer this season.
Andoni Zubizarreta, a former Barcelona goalkeeper, was the director of football from 2010 to 2015. He believes that winning the Clasico at home is crucial for the club and fans. He argues that the game has changed, but his team still plays a beautiful game. He is not the only player to change the game. The game is now more about finesse than force, and the Catalans know it.