Goal : Winners and losers. Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at home to Real Madrid in the Camp Nou Clasico on Sunday sees the Catalans remain in control of the Primera Division as they retain their eight-point advantage on Jose Mourinho’s men.
Already, Barca look like winning La Liga. But already, they appear to be losing their domestic dominance following the departure of Pep Guardiola.
The tidy transition from Pep to Tito had seen the new man steer his side to six straight successes in La Liga, but the key tests come in the very biggest matches and having lost the Spanish Supercopa to Madrid over two legs in late August, Barca were unable to put their fiercest foes to the sword on Sunday, either.
Perhaps the tide is turning. Cristiano Ronaldo, once petrified of facing the Blaugrana, has now scored in his last five appearances at Camp Nou, also becoming the first player ever to register in six successive Clasico clashes.
He drove the opener past a static Victor Valdes and levelled the scores in the second half when put through by Mesut Ozil, just as it had looked like Lionel Messi would steal the show with a double of his own to move within one goal of Alfredo Di Stefano’s all-time scoring record.