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

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BARCELONA HAVE A LOT OF POSITIVES TO TAKE AWAY

Barcelona may have been on the losing end and seen their 19 match unbeaten streak in the league come to an end, but there were wholesale positives from the Catalans. They were arguably the better side in the second half and failed to break down a resolute defence. That said, the attitude shown by the younger players was simply in the right direction.

Oscar Mingueza’s performance means he is surely one for the future, whereas Ilaix Moriba also did a good job after coming off the bench. Ronald Koeman also proved that his tactical variations can be of good use as his side remained stable throughout the second half in spite of sacrificing a defender to bring on a central forward. Barca will now look to win the Copa del Rey next weekend.

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MILITAO MANAGES TO CONVINCE IN A PIVOTAL WEEK

Eder Militao was bought by Real Madrid two years ago for 50 million euros from Porto. After a slow start to life in Spain, it was thought he would be loaned or even sold in the winter, but in the last two fixtures, the defender has shown what he is capable of. The Brazilian was one of the best players for Los Merengues in the last two outings, both victorious ones.

Militao formed a rock-solid partnership with Nacho at the back, which has certainly convinced Zidane to give the duo a run more often in the future. The 23-year-old is in a perfect position to claim more minutes next season, more so if Sergio Ramos leaves at the expiry of his loan and his quality is an attestation of Madrid’s great transfer business.