‘Barca gave Madrid a footballing lesson’

Xavi Hernandez felt Barcelona gave Real Madrid “a footballing lesson” during Saturday’s 4-0 rout at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Clasico.

La Blaugrana resoundingly inflicted a third-heaviest home defeat in Clasico history on the capital giants, leaving their former midfielder to revel in the manner of the side’s victory.

“Although it was not a ‘manita’ [Spanish term for a five-goal defeat], it could’ve been much more,” he told EFE, Marca reports.

“Madrid also had two or three chances, but Barcelona had at least 20 very clear ones and could’ve won by a bigger margin.

“I enjoyed it because Barcelona was far superior in every way, in attack, defence, pressing, intensity … It really was an amazing the match for Barcelona.

“It was a historic match, 0-4 at the Bernabeu, but also for how [Barca] played.

“I think Barcelona gave [Madrid] a footballing lesson. To me, it was amazing and I must congratulate them.

“The goals were great, but Andres’ [Iniesta] was spectacular.

“Besides the lessons delivered by [Sergio] Busquets, Andres and Neymar, I think the whole team were 10/10, including [Claudio] Bravo.

“The disappointment was Mascherano’s injury, but they were all excellent.”

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