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MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 02: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona scores his sides first goal past Thibaut Courtois and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

FC Barcelona have extended their lead on Real Madrid in La Liga on Saturday night. The Catalans won the away game at Bernabeu and are now 10 points ahead of the “Los Blancos”.

It will only be a small consolation to the long-suffering supporters of FC Schalke 04 that one of their former favorites is very successful at barca: Ivan Rakitic.

The Croatian, playing from 2007-2011 in “Royal Blue” has risen to world star status in Spain. The 30-year-old midfielder was again instrumental for Barca scoring in the 26th minute of the game.

Man of the match is German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 02: Arturo Vidal of Barcelona celebrates victory during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

"Barca" now leading in numbers as well

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 02: Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates victory as he walks past Karim Benzema of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
The German international secures the victory for “Barca” with some brilliant saves.

Ter Stegen saves twice against Reals Vinicius (56. 60.). The 3rd “Clasico” success in succession at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for Barca makes the club leading the head2head stats against Real. They have now 96 victories, with 95 Real victories and 51 draws.

“Two triumphs in one week are nothing but confirmation of the trend of recent years,” writes the Spanish sports daily Marca on Sunday, “Barcelona have won all 4 final appearances in Madrid, that speaks for their dominance in the last decade. ”

“The Bernabeu has never seen a greater impotence of Real Madrid,” said Marca on Saturday night, “the fans have never before experienced such harmlessness of Los Blancos in Clasico.”

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MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the Supercopa de Espana Final 2nd Leg match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 16, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Higher pass accuracy has been with Rakitic and Co (436: 394), more possession (52 percent) and a better tackle ratio  as well (54 percent).

For Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, the two wins against Real Madrid are not important. “Right now everyone thinks about Real Madrid,” said the 55-year-old after the game, “but there are still plenty of games to play. And there’s Atlético Madrid too – and writing them off would be absurd. Last year, the gap between us and Real in La Liga was not so great and they have shown by winning the Champions League that they can still win titles. ”

National coach Joachim Löw (59) is grandstand guest at Reals second Clasico bankruptcy within just 3 days. Löw sees world champion Toni Kroos in the Madrid starting XI, who is replaced after 56 minutes by Fede Valverde.

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