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Valverde: Barcelona’s win over Real Madrid is ‘a lesson for everyone’

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Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Ernesto Valverde said Barcelona’s win over Real Madrid in El Clasico was “a lesson for everyone” after his team gained revenge for a 5-1 Super Cup defeat in August.

Madrid were huge favourites to retain their title after that victory and Gerard Pique even admitted after the game he felt inferior to los Blancos for the first time.

However, fast forward just a few short months and Barcelona are 14 points ahead of their rivals and are celebrating a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“It’s a lesson for everyone,” he said. “They played very well against us in preseason and we did so today. Football has a lot of twists and turns.

“I don’t think we have one foot on the League title, we’re not even halfway through the season yet. There are two games left to play in the first round.

“There’s still a long way to go. We’re top and by a certain distance, but it doesn’t mean anything. Nothing’s been decided, there’s still winter and spring ahead of us.

“We had problems in the first half because of their high press, so we had to be patient, even if it meant we didn’t see much of the ball.

“In the second half, we had control of the game and ball, and from there came our chances and the penalty, which left them a man down.”

Source | Football Espana

Madrid were pretty dominant in the first half but it was a different story after the break as Barca looked a different side and stormed to a deserved win.