OPINION: Duel of strategies defined Real Madrid’s turnaround

In the afternoon of Rolling Stones em Barcelonathe song of the day was ‘Hey Jude’. Once again Jude Bellingham lost the balance and won a game for the Real Madrid. So far, the biggest of all. His two goals guaranteed Madrid’s 2-1 victory this Saturday (28), in the first classic in history played at the Montjuïc stadium.

In the first half, the strategy defined by Xavi worked very well. A third defender, Iñigo Martínez, entered the team; João Cancelo became a winger on the right, Gavi had an impeccable performance and Ronald Araújo was responsible for marking Vinicius Júnior.

With a lot of offensive movement and defensive intelligence in the composition, Barça’s tactical base was 3-4-3 with the ball and 5-4-1 when defending. The goal scored by Ilkay Gündogan after just six minutes, after an incomplete tackle by Aurélien Tchouaméni and an attempted tackle by David Alaba, contributed to the strategy.

It was 60 minutes of culé dominance. With two balls hitting the post, one in each half, and an unmarked penalty committed by Tchouaméni on Araújo. The error committed by the referee could result in the second Barcelona goal, which would change the history of the match.

However, everything really started to change when Eduardo Camavinga came on at left-back in place of the injured and barely involved Ferland Mendy. The change in the game’s script was completed with the entrances of Luka Modric and Joselu.

The Croatian gave new dynamics to the midfield, which now saw Camavinga excellent advance on the left and Joselu a reference in the area. The adjustments were decisive.

Barcelona retreated and Real Madrid started to have more space to touch the ball in the offensive midfield. And it was from there that Bellingham, until then playing discreetly, hit a beautiful shot to equalize in the 23rd minute.

The blow was very strong in Barcelona’s confidence. Despite classifying the defeat as unfair, due to his team’s performance, Xavi himself admitted Madrid’s superiority in the final part of the match, precisely after the equalizing goal.

In the end, it was up to Bellingham to score again in stoppage time in a victory for Real Madrid. There are 13 goals and three assists in 13 games for the club, numbers that impress even Carlo Ancelotti. There is no player in the world playing more than the English midfielder.

Finally, it is worth once again valuing and enjoying Modric. It was his 500th game for Real Madrid and probably the last El Clásico in Barcelona. A living football legend, who at 38 years old is still capable of influencing the biggest classic in world football.

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