Benzema and Modric lead celebrations, (c) Real Madrid Twitter.

3 talking points as Real Madrid beat Barcelona to go top of La Liga

Real Madrid have now moved to the top of La Liga, thanks to their win against Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico.

Real Madrid claimed bragging rights in El Clasico after beating Barcelona 2-1 at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. An all-round performance by the Whites sent them on top of La Liga, level on points with Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos now have a superior head-to-head record over both, the Rojiblancos and the Blaugrana.

A fast start saw Karim Benzema score with a delicate backheel to cap off a fine Real Madrid move. Toni Kroos soon added a second goal with his deflected free-kick and from there on, it was always going to be an uphill battle for Barca. Oscar Mingueza scored a goal in the second half to bring the Catalans back in the game, but the hosts held on to win.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the standout fixture in world football.

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Real Madrid have two away visits in the week to come for fixtures against Liverpool and Getafe. A demanding fixture against Barcelona has left the Whites in a physically worn-out state and the fact that injuries and suspensions are aplenty makes Zinedine Zidane’s job no lighter. The Clasico saw a few more of Zizou’s troops fall before next week.

Casemiro and Nacho Fernandez are both suspended for the match against Getafe, whereas Federico Valverde and Lucas Vazquez are both doubtful for the meeting against Liverpool, whereas Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos are likely to miss out on the game as well. It will be interesting to see what tactical setup Zidane opts for next.