Real Madrid arrived at the Camp Nou with the need to get a good result after recording back-to-back defeats at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano against Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk.
A loss to Barcelona surely would have led to a big crisis at the club ahead of Tuesday’s difficult Champions League match away at Borussia Monchengladbach. Football, however, is very volatile.
Zinedine Zidane’s side didn’t put in an incredible display. Until the penalty, the contest was even and the draw seemed fair. But that penalty destroyed Barcelona. The team vanished in a surprising and worrying way.
Real Madrid’s third goal arrived late on, and the truth is that Los Blancos could’ve scored a couple more. With one stroke of the pen, the crisis at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu moved to the Camp Nou.
Ronald Koeman’s team have dropped eight points in their last three games. They have lost the excitement that they had when the season got underway, which was helped by a goalscoring touch that was clearly evident against Villarreal and Celta Vigo.
Perhaps these hiccups should be excepted given the transition that Barcelona are going through, but the reason for the surprise is that it came after such a good start.
They have not been a solid team, and the same defensive errors are still there today. And Lionel Messi has not been as decisive as he once was.