Rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona were renewed at Nou Camp on Tuesday night as the La Liga champions grabbed a spectacular 3-1 victory over the current La Liga Leaders. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace with Rafael Varane scoring Real Madrid’s third goal before Barcelona grabbed a consolation goal through Jordi Alba.
Being defeated at home and losing the opportunity to play in the Copa del Rey final means Barcelona will be searching for redemption when they visit the Santiago Bernabeu for their La Liga battle with Real Madrid on Saturday.
Real Madrid are 16 points adrift Barcelona, yet it’s Jose Mourinho’s side who humbled the Catalan giants. Barcelona have been suffering in the absence of their manager Tito Vilanova, who is currently in New York dealing with throat cancer.
Assistant coach Jordi Roura has been filling in for Tito Vilanova, but the transition hasn’t been as smooth as Barcelona had hoped it would be.
“We must quickly forget this and focus on the very important titles we have to play for,” Jordi Roura said in the after the game. “Madrid were terribly effective against us. I do not think they were so superior, the differences were small details.
“We had dreams of being in another final and obviously it is a disappointment, but the message has to be optimistic. There is no need to reproach the team. We must have absolute confidence this team can depart from this rut.
“We have lost the cup but in the league, we are strong favorites. And we have the return match with Milan and will try to come through the tie. We have significant challenges in two special competitions and will fight to the end.”
Barcelona are scheduled to host AC Milan for the second leg of their Champions League battle on March 12. AC Milan holds a 2-0 advantage over Barcelona from the first leg of the battle.