Barcelona Vs Real Madrid Takeaways July 23, 2022
If you are a Barcelona fan, you need to know the key points from Saturday’s UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid. You’ll discover how Lionel Messi struggled, Xavi’s performance, Raphinha’s goal, and Antonio Rudiger’s tension. We’ll also examine the defensive line and rotation. And of course, there’s a lot more to learn about the game.
Lionel Messi struggled
If you’ve ever watched a Clasico, you’ll know how frustrating it can be when one of the most talented players in the world fails to find the net. In the last seven games against Madrid, Messi hasn’t even managed one goal. And he’s no longer playing a significant role in the game thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence. Here are some takeaways from the last El Clasico.
Despite his technical ability, Messi struggled in Barcelona’s Champions League match against Real Madrid. While he has the quality to win games on his own, it may be better to adjust the tactics so they make the best use of the Argentine’s strengths. But if he can’t score, the lack of big game performances will make fans’ lives harder.
Messi’s absence hampered Real Madrid’s attack. The Spanish champions struggled to find a way to stop the Catalans and eventually conceded three goals in the final 20 minutes. However, Madrid’s lack of attacking flair was enough to keep the Catalans in the game. Despite the loss, they remain in the race for La Liga.
Guardiola’s departure is a shocker for Barcelona. The Spanish club’s ace is rumored to be the next manager, after Jose Mourinho. Guardiola is a top manager at the club and has led the team to five Champions League titles. While he was unable to score the winning goal in the final game, he did manage to score the equalizer in the 86th minute, and the match ended with a 2-1 Real Madrid win.
In fact, Barcelona’s first Clasico against Real Madrid was in 1995. Raul played at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium while the Bernabeu was under construction. Raul is the second most experienced player in Clasico history, having scored four goals in his first game against Barcelona in April 2010.
Xavi’s performance in Barcelona versus Real Madrid on July 23, 2022 is a definite must-watch. The former Manchester United star, now at Barcelona, provided four assists, while the team thrashed Real Madrid 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. It was the first Clasico victory for a Barcelona coach since 1959, and he was the first to do so with four or more goals.
While Real Madrid will almost certainly win the La Liga title this season, Barcelona’s 4-0 victory is an important seed for the future. Real Madrid, with Kylian Mbappe, are favored to win the league once again, and they remain in the Champions League quarterfinals. While Barcelona are the defending champions, Real Madrid are on a much more stable footing.
In addition to Xavi’s goal, the team’s performance is vital for Barcelona’s future. Barcelona are a young side and they must do well to retain the La Liga title. It’s a crucial game for the team, and if he can keep his head in the game, it could mean the difference between Barcelona claiming the title in 2022.
The team played well in the game. Barca controlled possession and used the ball better, while Real couldn’t muster a single attempt on target. Xavi was cleared to play in the United States after the league’s World Cup in 2022. Moreover, he was able to make his debut for the Spanish club. The 1-0 win is also significant as it marked the beginning of a new era for Xavi.
The game marked the first El Clasico of the season, in which Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0. Raphinha scored the only goal for Barcelona and held Real Madrid to a solitary shot on target. The sides played with a solid team, and Barcelona’s new-look attack was put to the test. The midfield of Real Madrid was excellent, and their midfield tested the top attacking players of the Catalan club.
Barcelona have signed Brazilian forward Raphinha from Leeds United for PS55million. His second goal in two preseason games was a superb left-footed rocket into the top corner, the winner in the 27th minute. It was his second goal in as many games, but he deserves a much bigger reward. Raphinha’s strike against Real Madrid will prove to be one of the highlights of the summer.
The Brazilian striker was the hero of the Clasico on July 23, 2022. He scored a spectacular goal in a friendly match in Las Vegas, taking advantage of a loose ball on the edge of the opposition’s area. The shot was powerful and it was certain to go in, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois stretched and could not reach it. The goal sparked wild celebrations from FC Barcelona fans, who were delighted to see a player they knew so well.
The Spanish champions will have a tough time defending their title. Real Madrid has failed to sign either Kylian Mbappe or Robert Lewandowski this summer, and has made no moves in that direction. Xavi is a key player on the team, as is Robert Lewandowski, who joined from Bayern Munich. Lewandowski is a fearsome forward, and his goal against Real Madrid will make it harder for Madrid’s defense.
Barcelona’s defense was poor again, and Raphinha took advantage of a bad giveaway by the Real Madrid center forward. The game’s pace was a major problem for Real Madrid, with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger spending more time attacking the ball than defending. Unlike in the recent past, Real Madrid will return to midseason form after this performance.
Ronald Araujo’s tension with Antonio Rudiger
There was a lot of talk last week about Araujo’s future with the club, but nothing was confirmed. The Brazilian striker has been on the verge of leaving the club, but FC Barcelona have cleared all doubts. Mateu Alemany met with Antonio Rudiger and Jordi Cruyff to resolve the saga. Although the last meeting left a lot of incognito about Ronald Araujo’s future, the club and his surroundings have come to a deal that will keep the Brazilian at the Camp Nou for five more seasons.
Araujo and Rudiger have recently been linked with a move to Barcelona. However, it was Chelsea who first linked the two sides, with the Spanish club reportedly interested in the German international. Rudiger is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season, so a move to Barcelona is unlikely. Araujo, meanwhile, is believed to have agreed to a new deal with the Spanish side, which also includes a release clause. The new deal is expected to last until June 2026. Araujo will play in the back two alongside Christensen next season.
Despite the recent move of Christian Eriksen to Manchester United, the club is reportedly not interested in the Dane. The club’s aggressive interest hasn’t been received well by Rudiger’s camp. As a result, Barcelona are now in a position to sign a third Chelsea defender. Araujo has a contract extension clause, but Barcelona recognize Araujo’s stance and hold the leverage in negotiations.
Benzema’s performance against big teams
Karim Benzema has been one of Real Madrid’s best performers in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 44 goals in his last season. He has scored in the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, and has even been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. Benzema has been the main focal point of Real Madrid this season, and his performances have led to the club winning a record-breaking 14th Champions League. However, his team still lacks a finisher to replace him. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has acknowledged that Karim Benzema has not yet found a suitable replacement.
The Real Madrid match against Barcelona was a test for Benzema’s capabilities against big teams. In his absence, Real Madrid failed to produce a single shot on target in the match. Instead, they leaned on Vinicius Junior, who is often called upon to play as a false nine. The Spanish side’s greatest weakness in the attacking department is a lack of depth in the forward position. Benzema will not be available to play in every game.
In the first match of the preseason, Real Madrid faced the Spanish champions FC Barcelona. After a 0-0 draw with Inter Miami, Barcelona will play two matches on U.S. soil. Real Madrid will play several matches against Juventus and Club America before the season starts. This is the perfect opportunity for Benzema to showcase his skill and ability against big teams.
On the other hand, the game was a test of Courtois’s fitness. Real Madrid lacked the presence of Karim Benzema, but the game was better on balance. But Real Madrid is still lacking a true forward threat. Without Benzema, the game would have been a flop. Moreover, the two players missed the opportunity to rest.