This title may shock a lot of the Barcelona faithful and while many of the points can be argued both ways, the fact is Real Madrid have been doing a lot of things right both on and off the pitch.
Taking the La Liga title away from their bitter rivals was a huge triumph for Mourinho and co—many say an inevitable result that had been coming for some time.
For La Blaugrana to lose one of their coveted titles was bad enough, but to see their Champions League dreams shattered too was a bitter pill to swallow.
Madrid have come through somewhat of a transitional period that probably started at about the same time the recession hit Europe.
And while they are still capable of amassing plenty of detractors, sometimes you have to tip your hat and admit you were second best.
Sometimes it takes a significant disappointment to re-evaluate and come back stronger.
That’s exactly what Tito Vilanova’s men intend to do.
The phrase “If you can’t beat them, join them” can often ring true in sport.
Barcelona are more than capable of beating Madrid but learning a few pointers from their arch enemies may not be a totally terrible idea.
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