A Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona blew the La Liga title race wide open on Sunday as the Argentine’s hat-trick handed the Catalans a 4-3 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With Barca, Real and new leaders Atletico Madrid now all separated by just one point with nine games to go, we look at what can be learned from the seven-goal thriller.
Real Madrid have a problem with big games
Defeat may have been Los Blancos’ first in 32 games in all competitions, but they have now taken just one point from a possible 12 against Barca and Atletico in the league this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men also just managed to draw at high-flying Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, which doesn’t bode well with difficult away trips to Sevilla and Real Sociedad to come in the next three league games.