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Goal.com's Kishen Patel looks at the five things that we learnt from the second El Clasico of this season...


I
Modric wins a title overnight

Now we know why players do not hesitate to join Real Madrid once an offer comes. Luka Modric spent four seasons at Tottenham but couldn’t manage to win a single trophy. He joins Real Madrid and within a day he wins a title. It is purely coincidental that the date of his arrival was near to the date of the second leg of Supercopa but this is just symbolical for what Madrid can do for a player and vice versa.

II
Higuain must be more clinical

The Argentine must improve his finishing if he wants to be in the ‘World Class’ category. Higuain had no less than four clear chances to score against the Catalans but failed to capitalize on any of those, however, he did manage to pounce on a mistake by Mascherano to open the scoring. If Karim Benzema was playing in the Argentine’s the result could have been entirely different.

III
Barca should have bought a central defender

Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique and Adriano are all at fault for the Catalans’ defeat at the Bernabeu. A school boy error from Mascherano, trickery getting the better of Pique and Adriano’s lack of experience came to the fore front on Wednesday night. Barcelona should have secured the services of a central defender after the injury to Marc Muniesa. One cannot trust Mascherano or Song to hold the line in Carles Puyol’s absence. Gerard Pique looks more comfortable playing besides a recognized defender rather than in a makeshift partnership.

IV
Pepe always makes a difference

The buccaneering Portuguese has become one of the most important players in the Madrid lineup. Pepe provides a sense of security to a suspect defense and is always committed throughout the whole game. A truly physical presence, Pepe showed no lasting effects from his concussion as he marshaled the defense well against the likes of Messi and Pedro. He surprisingly provided the assist for Higuain’s opener following an error by Mascherano. Madrid look more secure when he’s playing.


V
Ronaldo or Messi?

This year’s Ballon d’Or is going down to the wire. The prime candidates for the coveted trophy are neck to neck in the competition and neither of them looking to subside. Ronaldo and Messi proved that they are in a different league than the other players. With Ronaldo scoring the winner for Madrid and Messi grabbing a goal from a spectacular free kick, neither of them wanted to play in the shadow of the other one. We are lucky to see such a competition between the two top players in the world. Wonder what Neymar has to say now…


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