Highlights: Aubameyang's Brace Inspires Barcelona To El-Clasico Victory Against A Benzema-less Real Madrid.

Barcelona cruised to a massive 4-0 victory against fierce rivals and league leaders Real Madrid in El-Clasico on Sunday night.

Aubameyang, Torres and Ousmane Dembele were lethal in attack, while Araujo pocketed the dangerous Vinicius Junior.

Real Madrid came into this Clasico without key players Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy, but with a nine-point lead over second-placed Sevilla in the LaLiga Santander table, while Barcelona were 15 points behind Los Blancos and had not won against their arch-rivals in their last five attempts.

The game which went down at the Santiago Bernabeu saw a transforming Barca side under Xavi Hernandez enjoy their finest night of the 2021/22 season so far with an incredible performance.

January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a cross from Ousmane Dembele in the 29th minute open scoring for Barcelona on the night.

Ronald Araujo headed in a corner kick from Dembele to score Barcelona's second goal in the 38th minute before the half-time break.

Ferran Torres scored his first Clasico goal from a through ball by Aubameyang to make it 3-0 (in the 47th minute) shortly after the break.

Barcelona's dream and Real Madrid's nightmare was heightened four minutes later, as Aubameyang got his second goal and the Blaugrana's fourth, through a long free-kick from Gerard Pique towards Ferran Torres who excellently brought down the ball and returned the favor by playing a quick pass to Aubameyang.

The former Arsenal man then kept his composure by chipping the ball over Courtois. The offside flag had gone up, but a VAR review showed that Ferran and Aubameyang were both onside when they received the ball, so the goal stood.

That was Auba's 9 goals in 10 appearances for Barcelona.  

The Catalan side proved to the world that they are well and truly back, as no Clasico had gone this way since Pep Guardiola left Barca.

Barcelona players were understandably jumping for joy when the referee blew the full-time whistle and then long-serving defender Gerard Pique decided to take things up a notch by jumping on social media minutes after the victory to post a message via his Twitter account saying; “we are back”

The loss of Lionel Messi to PSG last summer on a free transfer l was a huge blow for the team and many believed they wouldn’t recover for quite some time, but since the appointment of Xavi as manager of the club, things have improved at a rapid pace.

It’s simply incredible how Xavi Hernández has changed Barcelona Football Club on and off the pitch in 134 days since replacing Ronald Koeman in November last year, from dressing room atmosphere, tactics, signings, relationship with players and board. 

In his post-match interview, Xavi said: “Are we back? It’s a day to enjoy. We came back from a bad run against them and we played a spectacular game.”

But he also rubbed salt in Real Madrid’s wounds at the end by adding: “We expected a tougher game. We played a spectacular game and I think we could have scored more goals. We played very well and it's a day to enjoy.”

Xavi has let Los Blancos know that the next few years will see a very different Barcelona.

In just his four months stay at Barcelona Xavi's side, has netted four goals past Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Napoli, Atletico Bilbao, Osasuna and now Real Madrid. The "Xavi Ball" at work.

Barcelona are unlikely to go on and win this year's LaLiga Santander title, as they are still being a 12-point behind leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.

They will resume their La Liga campaign against Sevilla after the March international break in what could be a decisive game in the race for second, with neither likely to challenge for the title now.

if Barca win that, they will move up into second place.

Meanwhile, Real still have a nine-point cushion at the top of the LaLiga Santander table after Sevilla's draw with Real Sociedad earlier on Sunday.


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