0:4! Real Madrid slid into a real debacle in the Clasico against FC Barcelona. ÖFB star David Alaba had a pitch-black day and played a key role in the first goal he conceded when he walked to the ball instead of clearing his head. Aubameyang headed in the cross in the 29th minute. It was to be the start of a legendary evening for the Catalans, who were subsequently able to play themselves into a frenzy. But even with the second goal Alaba did not look good when, together with Eder Militao, he gave the header Ronaldo Araujo too much space (38th).
Immediately after the break, Ferran Torres and again Aubameyang made everything clear. In the third goal, Alaba wrote down the history of the goal with a bad pass. When Aubameyang conceded the fourth goal, the Viennese canceled the offside. The white ballet was not only taken apart on the pitch. The Spanish press also sharply criticized Real Madrid. David Alaba was not spared either. “His worst game in white,” said the Spanish “Marca” about the performance of Alaba, who was used to praise throughout the season so far. “A choral performance by Xavi’s team against a fragile Madrid, unable to hold or win the ball and falling in their own stadium,” continued Marca.
However, Carlo Ancelotti experimented with Real Madrid’s defence. Alaba, for example, started as usual in a central four-man defense, but found himself in a back three on the left after the break. When Ancelotti ended his experiment after 18 minutes, he ended up playing at left-back. The Spanish newspaper “As” therefore headlined: “Xavi’s team dances with Ancelotti. The Italian’s bizarre decisions hasten White’s disaster.”
Even if Real is aiming for the title in the Spanish championship with 66 points and a clear lead, Ancelotti will have to explain himself after a few tactical measures. Second in the table is FC Sevilla (57), who had only played 0-0 at home against Real Sociedad before Real’s bankruptcy. FC Barcelona is third, level on points with Atletico Madrid (54). No consolation for the royals. “It’s sad because defeats in Clasico always hurt,” Nacho Fernandez said. “The result says it all.”