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Real Madrid flex their attacking muscle, Messi saves Barca's blushes

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.

Five thoughts from another extra dramatic weekend in La Liga as Real Madrid remain top despite a scare, but with Barcelona and Sevilla hot on their heels.

1. Madrid's attacking power cracks it

With Real Madrid 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday evening, and set to lose top spot in the table with a second away defeat in four days, Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane withdrew holding midfielder Casemiro to send on playmaker Isco.

This did not seem like a good call at the time, especially as Villarreal were...

Koke excels for Atletico Madrid, but Diego Simeone's side lose vs. Barca

Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Koke, centre, bossed the midfield but Atletico Madrid still let it slip vs. their Catalan rivals.

Despite dominating, Atletico Madrid once again somehow contrived to lose 2-1 to Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday. For the third time this month, Los Rojiblancos were the better side in their meetings with the Catalan giants yet still came away with nothing to show for it.

Two massive lapses in concentration at the back allowed Rafinha and Lionel Messi (three minutes from the end) to score either side of Diego Godin's effort. It is a bitter pill for Diego Simeone to swallow: he's has...

Barca's quality in front of goal proved decisive again - Diego Simeone

Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said that Barcelona's "great quality in the penalty areas" had again proved decisive after Sunday evening's 1-2 La Liga defeat at home to the Blaugrana outfit.

Atletico dominated for long periods in the first half, with Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann missing chances, but went behind soon after half-time through Rafinha's scrambled effort.

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Then although Diego Godin quickly equalised with a trademark header, Lionel Messi popped up for an 87th-minute winner...