Could Barcelona have ended Real Madrid’s title hope following the humiliation?

Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-0 in the El Classico played at the Santiago Bernabeu and consequently move nine points clear of second place Atletico Madrid and fourteen points clear of 4th place Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez opened the scores followed by Leon Messi converting a penalty successful before Vidal sealed it in the injury time.

Jordi Alba and Suarez celebrate a goal against Real Madrid

Real Madrid had shown winning character in the first half but unfortunately their early goal by Cristiano Ronaldo was rightfully ruled out for offside.

The FIFA Balon d’Or winner came close to scoring in other two occasions as Karim Benzema was denied by the wood work.

In the second half, Barcelona’s true winning attitude revealed with the three goals and Zinadine Zidane remained more vulnerable in tactics given Dani Carbajal’s red card following the intentional hand ball.

Given the eye of each Real Madrid player on Messi, Paulinho was given chances to move around and the Brazilian posed a threat in two notable incidences, one in which he brushed Messi’s pass to force Navas to a must save before he headed dangerously later to force the Real Madrid keeper to another save.

Paulinho was the threat

Bale who is yet to find a starting place in Zidane’s first IX, was introduced in the second half and attempted to make a difference except got stopped by the post.

Barcelona has now 14 matches in 17 games whereas title holders El Blancos have 31 points in 17 games.

After the victory, Barcelona midfielder Iniesta believes and said their rival Madrid are not out of the competition yet.

“Real Madrid aren’t out of it. There are a lot of points still to play for. This is a long distance race and we could still make mistakes”

Iniesta has faith in Madrid

The unrelenting winning spirit the side built by Ernesto Valvarde has put, besides Messi’s seemingly unstoppable great scoring form compared to the struggling Real Madrid and the poor performance their best Ronaldo has this season makes it tactically and technically irrational to count on 2016/17 champions in the contest.