Not that anyone doubted his abilities, but some feet that playing in the shadows of players like Messi, Neymar, and the likes would make Luis Suarez not as big an impact as he was at Liverpool. El Clasico last weekend taught us just how wrong that could be, with Suarez scoring a sublime goal that few have the ability to score.
2. Gareth Bale’s time at Real may be up.
He was left completely silent in the second half, with only 12 touches, 8 or 9 of which were inthe defensive half. The pressure on Bale was immense from the Spanish press just a few weeks ago, and he struggled in the Champions League tie against Schalke. In El Clasico, Bale again failed to find the form that made him the world’s most expensive transfer and the Spanish press could very easily be back on his case after his performance. It could lead potential buyers like Manchester United and Chelsea on for a summer buy.
3. Carlo Ancelotti may be on his way out too.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti came under heavy fire after inconsistent form led to Real surrendering the La Liga lead to arch rivals Barcelona after having a chance to go 7 points clear at one point. Now 4 points out, Real have all to do if they are to come back and win the title. Combined with the disappointing performance against Bundesliga 5th place Schalke and if Real lose their Madrid derby in the Champions League Quarter-Final to Atletico, Ancelotti could be headed out the door.
4. Diving is more rampant than ever.
If you thought the dives that took place in the Premier League were just an oddity, El Clasico proved that referees have a lot more decisions to make now than they ever had to in terms of fouls and penalties. Diving is now so enrooted throughout the game that its eradication looks unlikely and that it will continue to tarnish the game for quite a while to come if left unpoliced.
5. Messi and Ronaldo are still world class.
Not that there was any doubt, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain the cream of the crop in terms of quality players. Ronaldo’s goal was solid and while not wowing the masses like Luis Suarez, it continues to prove why Ronaldo is so adored around the world. He remains a big game player who can step up when needed most, as if his 2 goals in the Champions League game against Schalke didn’t prove that enough, the one on Sunday certainly helped. Messi is also world class, helping to move the ball and set up chances so much that Barcelona would have felt they could have blown Real away on Sunday.