The El Classico was meant to be a proof of either Barcelona's dominance or Real Madrid's emergence. It became a yardstick of parity in terms of goals and surely, for entertainment value, a classic.
For the Camp Nou crew, the denial that they are on the downward spiral fed on the fact that the Catalans stroke the bar and dominated possession in non-essential portions of the pitch.
As for the Galatico, they always deny they were the chasing pack, and frankly, they have been no match to their arch-rivals until the arrival of The Only One.
Even upon his arrival, Jose Mourinho wanted to stop Barca from playing football, condemning the fixture to a laborious affair of kick and run, Madrid doing the kicking while Barcelona ran away with the ball.
Judging from recent fixtures, Madrid have really come of age, playing their football which has neutralised Barcelona, exactly what this blog prescribed for the success of Madrid, and probably the end of the dominance of Barca.
Pouring water onto the entertainment that kept the world captivated and spectators screwed onto their seats, this El Classico was devoid of tactical maturity on the part of Barca. It could be that the influence of astute coaching that characterised Pep Guardiola's tenure is coming to the fore.
There is no doubt of the quality of the players at the Camp Nou, but the world was presented with the opportunity of contrasting worlds of football; sheer talent and sheer coaching brilliance. Barcelona's game revolve around the artistry of the generals, probably the greatest assembly of the finest midfielders on the pitch at the same time, in Iniesta, Xavi and Messi.
On the other side, a purely drilled Real Madrid oozed the confidence of man-made architect work. The match's result hinged on how well Mourinho's tactics were implemented by troops spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The unparalleled craftmanand artisanry of Messi and Ronaldo was value for money. It eventually became for a tit-for-tat affair as their influence translated into the actual 4 goals scored - two apiece. Messi and Ronaldo basically competed as the only two protagonists in a huge arena overflowing with expectation.
Statistically, Ronaldo is an overwhelming workaholic who runs, shoots and scores. By contrast, Messi has much deadlier efficiency in terms of contributuing positively with the ball. They have been exceptional for their teams and phenomenal as individuals.
Whatever opinion one holds, the truth is that the rivalry gets bitter by each El Classico and that Barcelona are the dominant force. More truer is the fact that Real Madrid is takng the initiative from their adversaries and very fast.
How much the advantage of having Mourinho in their corner will be converted to perenial success will depend on how long Barca will remain tactically inferior. They need a special one to super-glue their tiki-taka into permanency.
Barca have greater need for a proper coach who will ensure the team's proficiency and supriority is unquestionable. Their techique, if it could be quantified in cash terms, would equal the United Staes Of America and the Eurozone while Madrid's would only compare to Great Britain's.
The tactics, using the same scale, are exactly the opposite. At the end of the day, it becomes a question of how useful the tactics are over technique and the other way round. While the balance of both would be ideal, the situation favours Barcelona for the next foreseeable future.
Given the above reasoning, the Ctalans lost this El Classico points while Real gained a point. Afterall, Barca were home, but as we all know, this usually counts for nothing when these titans meet.