In just three words, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique summed up Blaugrana die-hards’ feelings after beating Real Madrid 4-0: “We’re back.”
It was an amazing off-game match at the Santiago Bernabeu for Xavi’s team, scoring two goals in each round around the world of Spanish football on its axis overnight.
Pique played every 90 minutes with his midfielder Eric Garcia, covering defensively in a clean press and giving the Barcelona defender a chance to catch 60 percent.
Barca are now in a 10-match unbeaten run in LaLiga, six wins, and four draws, and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they will play Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Camp Nou club also have a record of eight wins and three draws in 11 games in all competitions since the transfer window closed in January, including the plus-21 goal difference at the time.
Since Xavi took office in early November, Barcelona have taken 37 points in 16 LaLiga games, while Madrid have scored 39 in 17 games, indicating that the contention may be closer to the season table.