Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-2 in their last El Clasico but it was very obvious that Barcelona nearly won the match. The Los blancos earned a narrow victory against Barcelona since their winning goal came in the late minutes of the game.
Valverde scored in the 98th minute to help Real Madrid defeat Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. The Los blancos advanced to the Super Cup final and they are set to face Athletic Club in the final. Athletic club defeated Atletico Madrid 2-1 to advance to the Spanish Super Cup final.
Barcelona stood their ground even though they are currently regaining back their form under Xavi. Ronald Koeman was expected to get Barcelona back to their winning ways but he failed to do so.
Xavi seems to be the right man for the job following his side impressive performance against Real madrid in their last clash.
Luuk De Jong managed to equalize for the Blaugrana in the 41st minute, Benzema found the back of the net in the 72nd minute but Fati equalized in the 83rd minute. Rodrygo later assisted Valverde in the 98th minute to help Real Madrid defeat Barcelona.
There are 3 reason why Barcelona are closing their gap with Real Madrid.
The first reason is because Barcelona may not be in the Laliga title race this season but they may likely finish top four following their performance against Real madrid.
The second reason is because Xavi now has a full squad since some of the best players at Barcelona including Pedri Gonzalez and Ansu Fati have rejoined the squad. Ferran Torres also made his debut for Barcelona in the El Clasico but he made little contribution to the game.
The 3rd reason is because Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelloti said Barcelona played a good game. The Los blancos now have 5 consecutive El Clasico victories and are also the favorite to win the Laliga title this season but Barcelona have also improved a lot.