|Pierre Emerick Aubameyang beats Thibaut Courtois to double take Barcelona three goals up at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Barcelona won 4-0. (Photo credit: Marca)|
There was a loud sound at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the rise of the Undertaker, in his bowler hat and black apparels, it was Barcelona rising from the dead, it was unprecedented.
Real Madrid were favorites for the latest instalment of the famous El-Classico, a game of huge significance in terms of bragging rights and momentum, Barcelona are far off on the table but they needed to prove they’re not a spent force, they understood the assignment and didn’t fail at it.
Real Madrid conceded four at home to a team that many wrote off, two goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, a player many said was past his best and a performance that reminds one of the good old days of Barcelona dominance, Xavi Hernandez has brought back the glory days.
The sensational 4-0 away win on the ground of their fiercest rivals took Barcelona’s run to 13 games without defeat, Gerard Pique was quick to post on social media that they’re back and his manager echoed his beliefs in his post-match conference.
"Maybe we can say we're back," coach Xavi said in his post-game news conference when asked if he agreed with Pique's message.
"This is the path to follow. This is the way we want to play. It was a complete performance. We were much better than Madrid. We played almost as the home team at their ground.
"We could easily have scored five or six. We changed the negative dynamic of losing the last few Clasicos. It's a day to enjoy, not only as a Barca manager, but also a fan."
"I don't know if we can win the title, we can't rule out anything," Xavi added when asked if his side can now aspire to win the league this season. "Maybe we're a bit late, but this is a very big win for us.
"We've won tonight -- and we also have the better head-to-head record [against Madrid, which decides the title if both teams finish level on points] -- but it is going to be very difficult.
"Madrid have only lost three league games. They have to lose three more. We must keep working hard. The first objective is to qualify for the Champions League."
Barcelona face Sevilla after the international break, they sit behind Julien Lopetegui’s side on the log in third but with a game in hand, who would have thought with the Catalan giants in 9th when Xavi took over from the beleaguered Ronald Koeman… The future is scary at the Nou Camp.