… as Ancelotti wins first away El-Clasico
Real Madrid beat Barcelona in a new-look El Clasico to go top of La Liga’s table and leave Ronald Koeman’s side down in eighth.
It was the first Clasico without Lionel Messi or Sergio Ramos – who both joined Paris St-Germain in the summer – since 2004.
David Alaba started and finished a counter for Real’s first and Lucas Vazquez scored a second in injury time.
Sergio Aguero scored his first Barca goal but it was almost the last kick.
After 119 years of playing Clasicos, making up 247 matches, the record stands: Madrid 99 wins, Barca 96. They’ve divvied up the goals almost equally — Madrid 412, Barcelona 402
Barcelona, in front of over 86,000 fans, put in a limp performance – with Real keeper Thibaut Courtois only making one save all afternoon.
It is a new-look Barca, with 17-year-old Gavi the youngest El Clasico starter since 1941 – but he had limited impact.
Koeman is only the second manager to lose his first three Clasicos as Barcelona boss – after Irishman Patrick O’Connell, who lost four between 1935 and 1940.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real did not even have to play especially well to win at the home of their fiercest rivals and it is hard to imagine this Real team winning a Clasico against any other Barca team of the past 15 years.