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Barcelona laying the groundwork for greatness

The ESPN FC crew discuss if Steven Gerrard will ever captain Liverpool again, Premier League managers in European competition, Gerard's Pique's form for Barcelona and if Arsenal should sell Theo Walcott.

Three days later and the fall-out from the Clasico continues. There has been analysis from all quarters on what went right and wrong for both sides, but seemingly very little praise for a Barcelona performance that puts them clearly into pole position to win this season's La Liga.

Barca needed revenge for the 3-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last October and that is what they got, a deserved three points against a very strong Real Madrid side that pushed Luis Enrique's side all the way.

However,...

Barcelona need to improve in front of goal to keep treble hopes alive

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe believes there is a high probability that Barcelona will drop points before season's end and afford Real Madrid an opportunity to win La Liga.

Barcelona secured a 2-1 win in El Clasico over the weekend in what could prove a decisive step toward bringing the Liga trophy to the Camp Nou museum at the end of the season. The 98,000 Cules who attended the match left the stadium chanting euphorically, bursting with pride after witnessing their team fight relentlessly in order to secure the three points.

Impressively, Barcelona ended their first crucial week of the season with two decisive wins in as many matches, having also seen off Manchester...

Barcelona claim Clasico points; Man United see off Gerrard and Liverpool

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno examines Luis Suarez's world-class performance against Real Madrid in El Clasico.

Maybe you can distill it down to some kind of scientific axiom: the greater the number of individual superstars on the pitch, the greater the chance that a moment of genius, magic or what you might otherwise call unaccountable skill will be the difference between the two.

Barcelona and Real Madrid both had spells in which they enjoyed the upper hand in Sunday's Clasico, but only the Catalans had Luis Suarez and the move he pulled 10 minutes into the second half.

The former Liverpool striker ghosted...

Suarez finds his form, Madrid short on options: Five things we learned

The ESPN FC panel discuss an incredible weekend in the world of football with Manchester United's win and Barcelona's El Clasico victory highlighting the action.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno examines Luis Suarez's world-class performance against Real Madrid in El Clasico.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico.
Barcelona edged past Real Madrid in a thrilling Clasico at the Camp Nou.

Five thoughts gleaned from the weekend's action, as Barcelona opened up a four-point gap at the top of La Liga.

1. Suarez proves his worth

Sunday night's Clasico at the Camp Nou was right in the balance as the game moved toward the hour mark. Apparently "in crisis" Real Madrid had reacted really well to going behind early to Jeremy Mathieu's header, equalised through Cristiano Ronaldo and looked quite likely to go on and win the game.

Then Luis Suarez took one velvet touch to control a long ball...

Despite Barcelona's Clasico triumph, La Liga isn't decided just yet

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico.

So it's a night of glory and satisfaction for the Liga leaders. Barcelona earned a 2-1 Clasico win over Real Madrid and extended their lead atop the Liga table to four points. But they have a problem; whether it's temporary or whether it allows Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to overtake them remains to be seen.

Despite the truth that Madrid could easily have been significantly ahead by the break (I think it's remarkable that Cristiano Ronaldo was called offside for Gareth Bale's otherwise legitimate...

Clasico-winning Barcelona players put on a fashion show

A Clasico win puts a lot of credit in the bank but do these Barcelona players lose any respect for their postgame fashion choices?

Shortly after the Spanish leaders' 2-1 win versus Real Madrid, Neymar posted this picture on Instagram:

SUDAKASS ... Mucha Calidad !!! Jajajaja

A photo posted by Nj (@neymarjr) on