1. Ronaldo > Messi
2. Mourinho is a genius
3. Guardiola is still a genius
4. Messi is a big game bottler
5. Raphael Varane is now the world’s future best player
6. Tito Vilanova might be a genius
7. Jourdi Roura is just an assistant coach
8. Iker Casillas > Diego Lopez
9. Victor Valdes Ronaldo
Some of the above points may be true, or none of the above may be true.
One thing we know for certain is that Real Madrid executed a tactical master class against Barcelona, and have a good chance of claiming the Copa del Ray.
Manchester United will be very wary of the pace and accuracy of Real Madrid on the counter attack.
Barcelona still pretty much have the league sewn up but any other silverware this season looks remote. The team looks like they are a fatigued, mentally as well as physically and once the Messi threat has been neutralised, they have lacked other attacking options (the famous plan B).
Another el clasico beckons on Saturday, and provides an opportunity for Barcelona to try and regain some pride. The result will probably have little bearing on the title “race” but may prove important for this Barcelona team from a psychological point of view.