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FC Barcelona News: 11 December 2011; Barça Majestic in El Clasico, Mourinho Blames Luck

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Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona: Real press early on, but tactical switch gives Barca the upper hand | Zonal Marking
And, perhaps recalling that 2-0 win, Guardiola moved his side even further towards that system after around 20 minutes. He ordered Dani Alves forward to a right-wing position, Carles Puyol out to right-back, Gerard Pique moved across, and Sergio Busquets dropped to left centre-back. Fabregas moved deeper to help out in midfield, and Barcelona were broadly 4-4-1-1.

R.Madrid-FC Barcelona: Universal Declaration of beautiful football | FC Barcelona
For the fourth season on the run, Barça have made a clear statement at the Bernabeu - that they still are the supreme reference point in the world of football. In a high voltage game, the team fought back from a first minute setback with ambition and majestic football.

Guardiola’s Barça continues unbeaten at the the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
With the victory at the Santiago Bernabéu this Saturday, FC Barcelona’s manager, Josep Guardiola continues his winning ways in Madrid. Even since Guardiola took charge of Barça’s bench in 2008 he hasn’t lost to Real Madrid at the Bernabéu; his balance is four victories and two draws.

Barcelona's Sandro Rosell after beating Real Madrid: 'We won without any difficulty' - Goal.com
"Although it is not politically correct to say it, the players today won without any difficulty," Rosell told reporters after the game. "It's always a pleasure to be president of the club, but now much more. I want to congratulate all Barcelona fans."

Mourinho blames bad luck for Clasico loss - Yahoo! Eurosport
Jose Mourinho attributed a large part of Barcelona's 3-1 'Clasico' victory at the Bernabeu on Saturday to luck and dismissed the idea that it would damage his side's morale in the La Liga title race."It was a game and in many games luck plays an important part," a surprisingly sanguine Mourinho said after Real's early lead from a first minute Karim Benzema goal was overhauled by goals from Alexis Sanchez, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas.

Capital punishment for Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid as Barcelona show they aren't ready to be dethroned just yet - Goal.com
Reports of Liga champions Barcelona’s demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated after Saturday night’s Gran Clasico, won 3-1 by the Catalans, a come-from-behind victory over Real Madrid that has now lifted Pep Guardiola’s men back to the top of the Primera Division standings, albeit having played a game more than their arch rivals.

Xavi - Barca were superior | Sky Sports
"We were very superior to Real Madrid today," he told La Sexta. "We wanted to be brave here. We know that you cannot win otherwise and the team played a great match in every department. We are far superior to Real Madrid."

Reviewing Barcelona's 3-1 win over Real Madrid in La Liga -- Five Aside
Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3-1 to move into a tie (on points) atop the league standings, though Madrid does have a game in hand. Barcelona is now undefeated (6-0-1) in seven straight league meetings against Madrid, including three in a row at the Bernabeu. Here are five more notes on Saturday's Clásico -- which marked an end to Real's run of 10 straight victories in La Liga.

Alexis and Cesc, signings that can score at the Santiago Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Curiously enough, Alexis made his debut at the Bernabéu during the away game of the Spanish Super Cup. Cesc, another debutant in the Liga against Madrid, also scored. Two unforgettable starts for Barça’s two summer signings. Mejor, imposible - as they say in Spain and Catalonia - and it’s true, the two players could not have hoped for a better start.

Cesc Fàbregas: "The first half was difficult, but in the second half we played fantastically" | FC Barcelona
The Masia graduate analysed his team’s play: "the first half was difficult because they covered man-to-man really well, but in the second half we played fantastically." The midfielder was also happy about Guardiola’s courageous tactical plan after Benzema’s early goal: "We played most of the game with only three defenders."

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