If there were any doubts left as to Madrid’s belief they could beat Barcelona, they have been snuffed out once again. After the 5-0 and 6-2 thrashings of previous seasons, and despite a good run of late against the Catalans, every time Madrid faced Barcelona, there was a sense of foreboding among Madridistas.
That fear has largely disappeared based on today’s match.
Despite contrasting styles, with Madrid letting Barcelona have the ball and relying on counterattacks, Los Blancos were up in the Catalan’s faces from the first minute, piling on intense pressure in midfield.
Despite some scuffles, they have also toned down the aggression that characterized some of their matches at a time when they were outplayed and frustrated.
Madrid had had the upper hand in recent Clasicos, dating back to the win at the Camp Nou last season and then winning the Supercup and holding the Catalans to a draw on home soil in the league this season.
However, with their confidence shaken due to the huge gap with their archrivals in the league table, it was possible that doubts would once again make their way into Madrid players’ minds.
They had none, and despite being outplayed in various moments, they showed genuine belief they can beat Barcelona again, and win their spot in the Cup final as a consequence.