This weekend three big matches were staged in La Liga, Italian Serie A and Ligue 1 with a big result for Barcelona, AS Roma and Monaco.
The Catalan side finally ended their consecutive nightmares in El Classico this weekend. They managed to dismantle Real Madrid 4-0 in style on the road. Xavi’s men seem to be on the verge of returning to their glory days. Their big win reminded them to a 6-2 victory in Pep Guardiola’s first season in 2008/09. They dominated the game and really took advantage of Karim Benzema’s absence. Their trident, Ferran Torres, Pierre Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele were knocking on the door since the first minutes. The Gabonese forward opened the scoring, followed by Ronald Araujo’s header. At the second half, Ferran Torres extended their lead before Aubameyang added his tally later at the second half. This victory has brought them closer to Sevilla on the second with three points adrift but still twelve points away from their archrival on the top. However, Jordi Alba and Co have one game extra in hand, which should help them finish at least as the La Liga runner up as there are ten games remaining.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 0-4
Goals: Pierre Aubameyang (29, 51), Ronald Araujo (38), Ferran Torres (47)
Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – Eder Militao, David Alaba, Dani Carvajal (Mariano 46), Nacho (Lucas Vasquez 63) – Casemiro, Toni Kroos (Eduard Camavinga 46) – Rodrygo (Marco Asencio 63), Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr
Barcelona: Marc Ter Stegen – Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba (Dani Alves 86) – Frankie de Jong (Gavi 71), Sergio Busquets, Pedri (Nico Gonzalez 86) – Ferran Torrez, Pierre Aubameyang (Memphis Depay 71), Ousmane Dembele (Adama Traore 80)
Meanwhile, in Serie A, Jose Mourinho’s side triumphed in derby Della Capitale against Lazio. They trashed Ciro Immobile and Co 3-0. The Englishman Tammy Abraham bagged the first two goals before Lorenzo Pellegrini tripled their lead through his free kick. Giallorossi are still sitting on the fifth in the standings with 51 points or still eight points behind Juventus on the fourth. Fighting over Champions League spot is plausible yet tough considering they have one game extra than their rival, Atalanta on the sixth.
Last but not least, matchday 29 in Ligue 1 saw another devastating defeat for PSG as they travelled to Monaco. Le Parisien were beaten 0-3 by Phillipe Clement’s side. The skipper Wissam Ben Yedder flicked the ball into the back of the net as the opener. Next, his German duet, Kevin Volland doubled their lead. Ben Yedder finally netted his brace from the penalty spot. The former Sevilla frontman is currently leading the French top flight top scorer with 17 goals. Nevertheless, his team is still stranded on the seventh on the table. Monaco are battling with seven other clubs for the two leftover UCL berths.