Sergio Busquets hails Barcelona Clasico win without Lionel Messi
‘It’s a great achievement to win 5-1 without Messi’: Sergio Busquets hails Barcelona’s Clasico thrashing of Real Madrid with talisman watching from stands after breaking his arm
- Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 in Sunday’s Clasico at the Nou Camp
- They achieved the rout without talisman Lionel Messi, who is injured
- Sergio Busquets hailed the result as a ‘great achievement’ without Messi
- The result hastened the exit of Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui
Sergio Busquets described Barcelona’s 5-1 Clasico thrashing of Real Madrid without Lionel Messi as a ‘great achievement’.
Messi, who broke his arm against Sevilla last weekend, watched from the stands at the Nou Camp as Barcelona tore their bitter rivals to shreds.
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, while Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal were also on the scoresheet as Barca moved seven points ahead of Real, who sit a lowly ninth in La Liga.
Sergio Busquets described Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Real Madrid without Lionel Messi as a ‘great achievement’
Messi, who is out injured with a broken arm, watched on from the stands with his son
‘It’s a great achievement to win 5-1 without Messi,’ Busquets told the Barcelona club website.
‘Normally, when we have trouble, Leo helps us out but today the team stepped up.’
Barcelona led by two goals at the break before Marcelo halved the deficit for Real five minutes into the second-half.
But despite further chances, Real were unable to equalise and Barcelona scored three time in the last 15 minutes to secure an emphatic victory that keeps them top of the table.
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona ran riot against their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp
Busquets (left) celebrates with Ivan Rakitic after Barcelona’s stunning victory on Sunday
Busquets added: ‘We knew that if we get through their pressure then we would have chances and then the counters came and the goals gave us a cushion.’
The humiliation pushed Real manager Julen Lopetegui closer to the sack, with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte likely to replace him this week.
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