Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Supercopa First-Leg Team of the Day
Picking the best team of arch rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona in yesterday's Clasico match was a hard decision. Despite the inability to get into their usual rhythm, Barcelona managed to come out with the advantage. But on the other hand, Madrid had a great performance against the European champions.
Between the two, Real Madrid is the Supercopa Team of the Day.
Barcelona's regularly high-intensity pressing game was thrown off by a Madrid side with a thoroughly practiced and well-executed game plan. Los Blancos completed a feat today very, very few clubs can say they managed: They held possession longer than the La Liga champions.
Barcelona had only 47 percent possession to Madrid's 53 percent.
In total shots, Real Madrid had 23 shots with nine of them on target in comparison to Barcelona's seven with only three on target. But the Madrid-based side seemed rather wasteful in front of the net, not taking full advantage of their chances and getting ahead over the two-legged Clasico.
German playmaker Mesut Ozil put the Copa del Rey holders ahead in just 13 minuets. A well-placed pass from star performer Karim Benzema saw the midfielder net one past Victor Valdes. This was only to be followed by a stunning, seemingly out-of-nowhere David Villa strike that equalised the two.
After going behind just before halftime to none other than Lionel Messi, Real Madrid fought back in the second half to see the score line land at 2-2. Xabi Alonso's 54th-minute attempt equalised yet, again which signalised the end of scoring for the night.
It's also worth mentioning that the lineup Madrid put out tonight was the same that suffered a 5-0 defeat to the Catalans in November. But also, regular starters Xavi, Pique, Busquets and Pedro were on the bench while new signing Alexis Sanchez debuted and Spain U-21 Thiago Alcantara pulled the strings in the midfield.
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