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Papers: The unjust VAR takes Real Madrid to victory over Barcelona

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Once again, Barcelona were unable to beat Real Madrid in El Clásico at the Camp Nou, following last year’s goalless draw with a 1-3 defeat on the weekend. And as per usual, controversy reigned in LaLiga as VAR took the spotlight.

That is mostly all the papers are talking about this morning. Mundo Deportivo say the video assistant referee was unjust and damaged Barcelona’s chances in the game.

Not only that but they claim it clearly favours Madrid and is against the Catalans, who have suffered multiple bad decisions since its introduction. They also mention the fact that Philippe Coutinho won’t be available for the clash against Juventus in the Champions League.

SPORT are going even further, saying that the referee, Martínez Munuera, is a proclaimed Madridista.

The residents of Benidorm, where he is from, have reportedly revealed the referee’s sympathies for Los Blancos. This, the paper claims, may have impacted his decision-making in the Clásico.

On top of that, his father seems to be the founder of a Madridista supporters club, which is further proof of where his allegiances lie.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Five key stats from Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla — Epic comeback secures spot in finale

Udhav Arora

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Julien Lopetegui endured the toughest week he possibly could have as manager of Sevilla facing Barcelona twice in the span of three days. Ronald Koeman’s men registered a 2-0 win in the league on the weekend, only to outdo themselves in picture-perfect fashion to secure a sensational comeback in the Copa del Rey.

Goals from Ousmane Dembele, Gerard Pique, and Martin Braithwaite etched a 3-0 win for Barcelona, but what were the other stats that dominated the game of play? Barça Universal takes a look at the same.

Defence

No better to kick off this statistic special other than El Presidente Gerard Pique. Taking charge of the defence alongside Oscar Mingueza and Clement Lenglet, the Spaniard came up clutch to seal the game for Barcelona with the last play of the game. A sensational header into the bottom corner to reach his 49th goal for the club.

Pique certainly came up clutch in the attack for Barça, but he was an ever-present force in the defence as well. Despite Sevilla pressing extremely high early on, the 34-year-old was not dispossessed even once in two hours of play.

It is a good time to mention Clement Lenglet as well, who seems to have redeemed himself with two show-stopper performances against Sevilla. The Frenchman came was a rock in both games in the week, and one of the best players for Barcelona.

Attack

Lionel Messi may not have been on the scoresheet for Barcelona, but he did not stop giving his all at any time through the match. Additionally, he was very important for the team in extra time as he held up the game through his intricate dribbles and ball retention.

Jordi Alba may be a defender on paper, but he has been an incredible presence for the team in the attack throughout his tenure. Yesterday, as well, Alba relentlessly put in crosses, continued to sprint forward. He assisted Martin Braithwaite for the winner yesterday with a tremendous cross that met the Dane’s dive.

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