Valverde pleased, Solari frustrated after Barca wins Clasico again

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Published on March 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

Valverde pleased, Solari frustrated after Barca wins Clasico again

Ernesto Valverde pleased, Santiago Solari frustrated after Barcelona defeat Real Madrid for second time in four days

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Valverde pleased, Solari frustrated after Barca wins Clasico again

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MARCH 2, 2019)(MEDIAPRO - Broadcasters: NO ARCHIVE.

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INTERIOR SANTIAGO BERNEBEU AFTER BARCELONA DEFEATED REAL MADRID 1-0.

BARCELONA MANAGER ERNESTO VALVERDE AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(Spanish)(ROUGH TRANSLATION) BARCELONA MANAGER ERNESTO VALVERDE SAYING: "There's no point (to thinking they've clinched La Liga title) because there's a long way to go, not just because Real Madrid knows how to win a number of matches in a row and we have many matches ahead, and there's Atletico Madrid as well, and we respect our opponents the same way they respect us, so the math doesn't say otherwise, we have to keep on fighting with many matches ahead it makes no sense to think about it." 3.

(SOUNDBITE)(Spanish)(ROUGH TRANSLATION) BARCELONA MANAGER ERNESTO VALVERDE SAYING: "Messi is fine, he played a great match, great effort, like everybody else.

There are always things that are mentioned about a specific moment of the match but I didn't see anything on the monitor or have any idea, I think it was a difficult match, a tough match, as these Clasicos are." 4.

REAL MADRID MANAGER SANTIAGO SOLARI AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE 5.

(SOUNDBITE)(Spanish)(ROUGH TRANSLATION) REAL MADRID MANAGER SANTIAGO SOLARI SAYING: "He (Gareth Bale) tried like the whole team, we play as a team, it's not just one player, it's a team sport and what we did properly is to play in all the different areas we had to so we could press, we could defend, we could counterattack, we could control play when we had the ball, as I just said it was a match that was hard fought and we just didn't score, we couldn't as we couldn't the other day and we cannot win like that of course." STORY: La Liga leaders Barcelona won a tight and tense 'Clasico' 1-0 at Real Madrid on Saturday (March 2), beating their great rivals at their Bernabeu home for the second time in four days and moving a staggering 12 points clear of them in the standings.

Croatia international Ivan Rakitic struck the only goal of the game midway through the first half, delivering an ice-cool finish over Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois after being played in by a clever pass by Sergi Roberto.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were largely kept quiet in a shy display from the champions in which their defenders Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet were the heroes instead, bravely putting their bodies in the way to snuff out Madrid.

The win also took Barca ahead of Real in the history books, with 96 wins in the 'Clasico' to their rivals' 95, while they recorded four consecutive league wins away to Real for the first time.

Real were left to reflect on a third consecutive home defeat in all competitions for the first time since 2004 and now have only one realistic objective for this season -- retaining the Champions League which they have monopolised since 2016.

Winning Europe's biggest prize again could also be the last chance coach Santiago Solari has of keeping his job as even though his side played well here and in the Cup defeat, losing to Barca twice and falling 12 points behind them is not something Real Madrid tend to tolerate.

Madrid were less buccaneering than in Wednesday's 3-0 defeat in the cup semi-final second leg and Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr was their most dangerous threat once again but was again let down by his wayward shooting.

Vinicius tore down Barca's left side early on as Real took the game to Barca but when the ball fell to Luka Modric, Pique quickly delivered a block to kill the danger, something that became a familiar sight as the game progressed.

Barca could have taken the lead when Messi latched onto a pass and was clean through on goal, albeit with a difficult angle, but his shot drifted wide.

Rakitic found himself in a similar position soon afterwards but he kept his nerve, calmly chipping over Courtois to score.

Barca were left fuming at halftime when Real captain Sergio Ramos appeared to strike Messi in the face after winning a tackle but the Spaniard escaped a booking, although he was shown a yellow card later in the game.

(Production by David Grip)

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